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    President Trump: "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!"

  • The suspect in the New York City terror attack has reportedly told investigators that he spent a year planning it.
  • The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night to win the World Series.
  • Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, says that Hillary Clinton's team "rigged the nomination process" in 2016 and undermined the Bernie Sanders' campaign. "If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead."
  • Federal prosecutors are reportedly mulling charges against six members of the Russian government for their alleged involvement in hacking the Democratic National Committee.
  • National Public Radio's senior vice president for news has resigned over sexual harassment allegations.

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  1. “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”

    Command influence.

    1. Hello.

      1. Sorry, that’s….HELLO!

        1. I’ll take care of the ‘Hellos’ around here, go that?

          Hellooooo!

    2. “Oh dear, how in the world did that vial of sulphuric acid get into your morphine pump?”

      1. Heavy accents can cause problems.

        Prisoner: “I want ISIS flag. Hang in room. I am ISIS.”

        Guard to boss: “Boy, you’ll never believe what he wants now. Looks like we’re gonna need a roe.”

          1. Thanks for clarifying. I was assuming he was in Louisiana and they were going to put him in a vat of Gumbo.

        1. NYT: “Why would he want an ‘ISIS’ flag? Is he an Archer fan? His motivations are a total mystery.”

          NYT: “And that rope is to hang the flag with, right?”

  2. National Public Radio’s senior vice president for news has resigned over sexual harassment allegations.

    When the white knights are infected…

    1. Soon they’ll run out of actual sexists pigs, and the SJWs will have to resort to cannibalism. Hopefully.

      1. The black knight always triumphs!

        1. Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what’s coming to ya! I’ll bite your legs off!

          1. Let’s call is a draw!

            1. No, not `is’ — we couldn’t get vary far in life not saying `is’.

      2. Soon they’ll run out of actual sexists pigs, and the SJWs will have to resort to cannibalism. Hopefully.

        Maybe you aren’t fully aware of the situation.

        The guy is Senior VP of NPR. The accusations are from when he worked at The New York Times in the 80s and, supposedly or so far, allegedly rise to the level of an unwanted kiss.

        So, he is one of their own and he’s been dismissed for an apparent war crime. I’d say the cannibalism has already begun.

        1. “Three women have filed complaints, one a current NPR reporter,”

          1. Crucify him!

        2. Still waiting for all those women who slept with producers, or who slept with an executive, for a role in a movie or a cush job to be prosecuted as Prostitutes…

          lol just kidding. That will never happen.

    2. National Patriarchy Radio

    3. National Patriarchy Radio

      1. +1 male gaze!

  3. The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night to win the World Series.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in six games this June. There, I said it.

    1. No one cares about Canada.

      1. True, which is why it’s fun when Canadian players win the Cup for a U.S team.

    2. Curling is soooooooo boring.

      1. You obviously have not seen Denmark’s women’s curling team.

        1. I always wondered how they get so many long corded curling irons out there without tripping over them.

          1. Batteries. And they aren’t curling irons.

        2. If I want to see hot women sweeping, I’d just stay ho…. wait, where was I going with this?

          1. You’d stay home and look through your neighbors windows where his beautiful wife is cleaning in a maid’s outfit?

            1. My neighbor’s wife is hot, that’s true.

        3. To be fair, I’m guessing the Danish women’s competitive eating team is probably pretty exciting to watch too.

          1. You fucking Feeders always ruin conversation.

        4. Turn off the volume when the Japanese are competing.

        5. A link would have been nice….

  4. Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, says that Hillary Clinton’s team “rigged the nomination process” in 2016 and undermined the Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

    They gave her debate questions?

    1. Donna Brazile is one of the sleaziest dishonest hacks in Washington in either party. I’m sure most of this article is true, but I find it hard to believe she wasn’t fully supportive of it at the time. She’s just trying to save her ass.

      I like to remind people that she was fired from Dukakis’ ’88 campaign for spreading admittedly made up stories about HW having an affair. Like they weren’t even some rumor or fishy behavior from Bush, she made it entirely up front scratch.

      In politics, this is apparently seen as a good thing, and gets you to head a major party.

      1. I was going to write, she has a problem with the word ‘integrity’.

        Crowley is another one.

        Heck, the entire CNN cast is without much integrity.

        1. Except Jake Tapper. He’s an idiot sometimes, but I don’t get why the alt-right hates him so much. He is basically the only non-Fox News journalist that ever challenged the Obama administration on anything, and is one of the only MSM journalists to occasionally entertain the idea that the Democrats are as corrupt as the Republicans.

          1. Agree on Tapper. He gives the impression he knows better and trying to bring some level of competence.

      2. Now if she had said that HW allowed male escorts access to the White House, though, she would have been on to something.

        1. Was that a thing? Or are you thinking about the underage brothel being run out of Barney Frank’s apartment…

          1. You could ask Craig Spence, but he’s dead.

      3. Wasn’t HRC fired from a campaign for similar reasons? Just following the path made by others before her. Power is end in and of itself for these people, any means are justified to achieve this end, but for the greater good of course.

      4. Wasn’t HRC fired from a campaign for similar reasons? Just following the path made by others before her. Power is end in and of itself for these people, any means are justified to achieve this end, but for the greater good of course.

    2. And a book deal. Luckily for her she got to keep the book deal, albeit with a few minor rewrites.

  5. My guess is that Donna Brazile is going to sleep with the fishes before the end of the week.

    1. The Clinton Machine can barely stay afloat these days, much less engineer plane crashes in Croatia anymore.

      1. I’m sure they can swing, oh I dunno, a mugging gone wrong on the streets of DC.

      2. People underestimate the power of the commerce secretary.

  6. “If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead.”

    Information that would have been helpful before the defeat, no doubt.

    1. People seem to forget that the political parties aren’t actually arms of the government’s electoral process.

      They can nominate anyone they want. However they want.

      1. That reminds me of that federal case against the NCAA basketball programs. Is cheating the NCAA a criminal offense? That federal fraud statute is so open ended. I wonder if they could indict Brady for cheating the way that law is interpreted

        1. Commerce clause!

        2. Who is the victim? The shoe company that gives coaches money? The coaches who get money? The kids who get money? Why is the FBI involved again?

          1. Look there is a lot of college athletes who might be getting paid for the millions of dollars in revenue they generate. If they get paid then the purity of the sport is forever lost to time…

      2. The government just pays for the primaries and subsidizes the debates for the sake of fairness..

  7. Federal prosecutors are reportedly mulling charges against six members of the Russian government for their alleged involvement in hacking the Democratic National Committee.

    In Russia, chad hang you.

    1. Putin must be getting a laugh out of this.

      1. I think Putin has been laughing for about a year now.

        1. I don’t know, every time I look at the picture of Hillary with the red reset button I chuckle. I imagine for Putin that’s a laugh riot.

    2. Federal prosecutors…

      And here I thought what Russians did in Russia was a bit out of U.S. federal jurisdiction.

  8. The suspect in the New York City terror attack has reportedly told investigators that he spent a year planning it.

    It wasn’t that elaborate.

    1. He could have literally planned it that morning and gotten the same results. I could go out right now and rent a truck and probably be more successful at an attack. This guy’s a fucking idiot if this is true, although that’s pretty typical for terrorists.

      1. Complete moron. It was almost comical the way he was running around with that paintball gun.

        1. I suspect he is as hoping to be shot dead.

          1. Definitely. He wanted to be a martyr. Now his wife and kid(s?) get to watch him rot in jail or fry.

            1. All those young virgins that were waiting for him and only him are so disappointed.

              If there are millions of potential Muslim martyrs, that would be 72 virgins per just waiting around not having sex and not being bored until their savior appeared after killing innocent women and children.

              Religion is truly the opiate of the masses.

              1. They never tell you there is a reason why they are virgins.

                1. They wear burkas, so you never have to see their face.

          2. He was looking for his ticket to paradise. I guess he didn’t love his wife.

            1. He could pack his bags, and leave tonight…

      2. He spent a year fantasizing about it.

      3. Seriously.

        “Ahmed! FOCUS! First you put the key in, then you turn the key and car goes vroom. Then you take this thingy and you put in ‘D’. Ahmed replies, “I don’t follow. What are all these letters, Mo-mo?’

        “For the love of Allah and all his virgins Ahemed, if you keep overthinking this is going to take a year!”

        Ahmed looks around interior of car. ‘Spacious.’ Mo-Mo does a face palm. Gently turns Ahmed’s attention back to the steering wheel. ‘From the top…”

    2. Why didn’t the FBI notice all the time he took in simulators training to drive a rental truck, but not one lesson on how to parallel park?

      1. More seriously… the FBI had him in their sights as connected to two other suspicious types. I guess he “got away” – like every other one.

        1. They’re all known wolves.

        2. …no reasonable prosecutor…

    3. Glad someone brought this up. I remember the first big truck massacre in France referred to as “sophisticated ” and I thought, “whaaaat?”

      1. Why don’t we have waiting periods for truck rentals? You do have to give your thumb print now, after OKC.

  9. The suspect in the New York City terror attack has reportedly told investigators that he spent a year planning it.

    It took a year to plan running over some people in a vehicle?

    1. Every day when he got out of bed he said to himself “today is the day I’m going to run over a bunch of people with a truck”. It took him a whole year to work up the nerve to actually do it.

      1. Some people need that long to work up enough nerve to pass a truck on the highway.

        1. No kidding. I absolutely hate that.

        2. Please don’t conflate me with terrorists.

    2. Probably more like he spent a year working up the nerve.

      1. Just like the FBI was spending years to work up the nerve to arrest him.

        1. How long until some dogged reporter, if there are any left, breaks a story about the FBI slipping up and not catching one of their own plots in time? I mean what if this moron was one of the idiots the feds are constantly getting to buy into one of the plots they’ve concocted themselves for the sole purpose of ensnaring morons like this? Usually it’s something really stupid, like buying a bunch of rocket launchers to take out the Brooklyn bridge, but what if they thought they had this guy wrapped up then he wakes up on Tuesday and decides to go do something easier?

        2. I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I don’t want the government going around arresting ‘potential terrorists’ for crimes they might commit.

          The reason is because I’m not confident that I won’t be one of those labeled as a ‘potential terrorist’ tomorrow. It’s not that far fetched considering how broad our interpretation of ‘terrorist’ is becoming.

          1. Couldn’t agree more with this. I was listening to AM radio in the truck this morning (Brian Kilmeade I think) and the number of people calling in demanding that we put a stop to potential threats by any means necessary was disturbing. Kilmeade himself said something about how China is able to keep people from maintaining terrorist networks via the internet, I guess implying that we should be more like China.

            1. You should inform him that in 2015 China had twice as many terrorist attacks as us. And that in 2016 they had about as many. (Though casualties were much lower since the nightclub shooting really fucked up our numbers).

              That being said, I’m not certain I trust the Chinese government to report all terrorist attacks.

    3. He was driving in New York, after all. It probably took him a year to get to where he could run over some people.

  10. So.

    Donna, to my knowledge, is the first hack to turn on the Clintons.

    Will there be more?

    Man, would it be something else if a new Deep Throat emerges surrounding the rumours about the ‘Clinton body count’.

    Truly hope it’s all just a coincidence though.

    1. I honestly don’t blame the Seth Rich conspiracy people too much. It’s more believable than most 9/11 and JFK conspiracies. Although I don’t believe the Clintons murdered Vince Foster or forced him to commit suicide, they absolutely had a huge part in the events and scandals that led to his depression and suicide, and tried super hard to distance themselves from him after it happened.

    2. After reading the article, HRC gets off pretty easy, and Donna really sticks it to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which is pretty much low hanging fruit, as that chick could fuck up a bowl of cereal. Seriously, though, I hope Debbie has a long career in Florida or National Democratic politics – she’s the gift that keeps on giving.

      1. Speaking of DWS, any updates on the whole Imran Awan scandal? I know the entire press has completely ignored it and spent absolutely zero time investigating it, but have we found out anything new? I don’t think it leads to Seth Rich’s killer, but it is indeed a scandal and DWS has absolutely trued to cover it up, and it directly affects dozens of congressmen and congresswomen.

        1. “…DWS has absolutely trued to cover it up, directly affects dozens of congressmen and congresswomen.”
          Hence the subterfuge.

  11. The real outrage for Dems shouldn’t be about Bernie. It should be that she was so successful at getting Trump nominated.

    1. Let’s be honest. If Bernie had won the Democratic nomination, Trump would have beat him too.

      1. Also, I think Bernie would’ve been more pragmatic and understanding of defeat. Not to mention all saved SJW tears when Trump didn’t cunt punt anyone.

      2. Not so sure. A lot of voters went to the polls only because Clinton was the other choice.

    2. Nor does it follow Bernie would have beaten Trump as claimed. I still think it likely would have been the same result – minus the popular vote nonsense.

      Then again, we have no idea how Grandpa Gulag would have campaigned.

      It’s impossible to really know; and pointless.

      1. Pointless…possibly.

        I might explore this, though, as it’s an untapped lefty salty tear source.

      2. Free Stuff for Everyone.

    3. I wonder how Brooklyn Bernie will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in a few days.

      1. Exclusive black-tie struggle session at his dacha on the Potomac.

  12. The suspect in the New York City terror attack has reportedly told investigators that he spent a year planning it.
    We definitely need to have wide open borders.

    Clearly the people that have a constitutional right to enter the USA to work on Matt Welch’s property were nowhere near Matt Welch’s property but one of them was running over bicyclists in New York.

  13. DNC: White men shouldn’t apply for tech jobs

    Democratic National Chair candidate, Tom Perez, addresses the audience as the Democratic National Committee holds an election to choose their next chairperson at their winter meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. February 25, 2017

    White men need not apply.

    That’s the message from a Democratic National Committee data services manager, currently on the hunt to filll multiple vacancies in the tech department.

    The political organization, which routinely makes grand statements about inclusion, recently sent an email to its employees looking to recruit people for eight open spots including IT Systems Administrator, Product Manager and Chief Security Officer.

    Though the Oct. 30 email says that the DNC is looking for a “staff of diverse voices and life experiences,” it apparently doesn’t mean white men.

    DNC’s Data Service Manager Madeleine Leader purportedly wrote in an email that the desire for diversity excludes “cisgender straight white males.”

    1. One of the many funny backfires against the Democrats.

      The Democrats fought for slavery. The Democrats fought for Jim Crowe laws. The Democrats fought for “civil rights”, that actually limited civil rights. The Democrats fought for “diversity”.

      The racist white people in the Democratic Party are being pushed out.

      1. I guess you’re not from the South or friends and family with actual racists because you would realize all the white racists belong to the Republican party.

        1. You’ve obviously not met some of MY relatives, Hole. Racial tribalism isn’t a partisan issue.

          1. One thing I have frequently noticed is that there are differences in how it is expressed. I’m sure there’s division here as well, but I’ve noticed certain political sides tend to express their hatred of others through more paternalistic behavior.

            I often wonder how much of political association can be derived from how an individual feels about paternalistic behavior. I know that I have an intense revulsion to it. And here I am, the only true Libertarian on this site. I feel like there might be a connection here.

        2. I guess you’ve never had a discussion with the tolerant Democrats on the character of minorities who support Republicans and conservative issues. That’s the point where you’ll find how what means more to them – party or race.

          1. The entire Democratic platform hinges on taking for granted the votes of black people they keep in perpetual government dependence.

        3. I live in Georgia goofball. South Carolina is jokingly considered a Yankee state here.

          We have more RINOs, who are actually old Democrats, than anyone cares to admit.

          Just like anywhere else, there are some black people who are racist, some white people that are racist, some brown people that are racist, and some Asians who hate black people.

        4. Heh.

          1. Hello Rufus: I bet even in Canada, there are some black people who are racist, some white people that are racist, some brown people that are racist, and some Asians who hate black people.

            1. After the novel Bear came out back in 76 basically all of Canada united and now they mostly slut-shame wildlife.

        5. Those Republican racists are trailer trash. They don’t matter and have no power. The ones that control government and corporate boards are Democrats.

      2. I’m from rural Arkansas, in the Ozarks. My grandfather was an elected sheriff, and good friends with the Clintons, who had him to the White House multiple times.

        When you hear a southerner say the word ‘nigger’ in a directly, emphatically racist manner, it’s a Democrat like my grandpa about 95% of the time. There is a reason the klan endorsed Hillary, and has never had any issue with the Clintons. There is a reason the Clintons have been reported -even by supporters – as saying patently racist shit for decades. Southern democrats are, were and always will be the klan.

        It broke my grandpa’s heart, but he voted for Obama, both times. He decided he would rather have an uppity nigger (his words) than a Republican, any day of the week.

        Southern racist are OVERWHELMINGLY old yellow-dog democrats, who would NEVER vote for “the party of the rich man”.

        You are flatly wrong, and ignorant.

        1. I will take your lying word for it that an old racist white dude voted for a black guy.

          But yeah, Democrats tend to be racists and any government “help” they push for the “the poor” or “the blacks” was to control them.

          My point is the South is full of supposed Republicans who are not fiscally conservative and are therefore RINOs.

          The only difference between yellow dog Democrats and RINOs is the RINOs win elections in red states.

  14. Did anyone else notice that this immigration diversity lottery not only allows the winner into the USA but family members.

    How many family members and what relation? Nobody will say. So 50,000 winners and probably at least a wife along with 2-3 kids.

    Another reason that people are pissed is because they are being lied to. The media tries to downplay how little 50k people are but that means double, triple, quadruple amounts of immigrants get to enter the USA from countries that usually do not like the USA. Those kids will never grow up to be terrorists if the father dies committing terrorism in the USA and is killed by Americans.

    That is a recipe for success!

    1. I’m not necessarily giving an opinion on the diversity Visa program but I’ve always had a problem with punishing whole groups of people based on the actions of an individual. I mean if you can show that the recipients of the diversity Visa program are no more likely to pose a threat to my safety than any other Visa recipient then I don’t know if it’s fair to shut down rhat program based on this terrorist attack. I don’t like the way the conservative media scapegoats and sensationalizes this issue of immigration.

      1. Agreed. Another reason I trust Reason above all other sources.

      2. Not saying I advocate this position, but the obvious retort is that we don’t have to let in anyone.

        1. I agree with that as well. No non-American citizen or permanent resident has a right to enter this country. America is far less strict with our deportation policies and immigration policies than almost every other developed country in the world. We even have 11 million refugees in the form of illegal immigrants.

          1. One thing I wonder though is why we make such a strong distinction for American citizens? We just accept them and whatever they do. Most bad policy in the US is made by natural born citizens.

      3. Of course, one person should not usually be the rationale for doing something.

        With immigration, these single instances show a pattern and that is politicians are fine with letting in people from countries that have a dislike for the USA or want to take advantage of our good nature

        Even when most immigrants from these countries don’t hurt Americans inside the USA, they don’t want to be Americans. They don’t want to learn English or live our culture. They don’t want to further our freedoms and rule of law.

        The solution is to let in less people and then hopefully, only the ones that want to be here will apply. This not only applies to Muslim countries but Europe and Asia too. At this point, unless you are an American marrying a foreigner or you have some great invention to market in the USA, we don’t need a bunch of non-Americans in the USA.

        We are almost full. ~330 million people is enough for now.

      4. Changing the criteria for a visa is not a “punishment.”

  15. The Democratic Civil War Is Getting Nasty, Even if No One Is Paying Attention

    On the morning of October 5th, President Trump was on one of his Twitter rants from the White House, denying as “fake news” an NBC report that his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, had called him a “moron” and threatened to resign. Elsewhere in Washington, the drama over whether Tillerson was actually on his way out threatened to overwhelm other news stories for a second straight day. But, when I arrived at the townhouse of Stanley Greenberg, the veteran Democratic strategist, on Capitol Hill, later that morning, it was not the distractions of the Trump White House that had him worked up. Greenberg was still fuming about Hillary Clinton.

    1. Greenberg and other prominent Democrats still furious about last year’s Clinton campaign think it’s entirely possible, unless the Party figures out, and fast, a way to tackle the problem that sealed Clinton’s fate in 2016: how to appeal to the disaffected white working-class voters who provided Trump’s unlikely win a year ago.

      “That debate,” Greenberg told me, “which would have been pushed off had she won, is immediate.”

      1. how to appeal to the disaffected white working-class voters

        It’s hard to believe everything they’ve tried so far hasn’t worked.

        1. Then the author goes on to mention Biden as a candidate who could speak to “Trump’s angry white working class”.

          Seriously? Captain Amtrak? Mr. Been-in-Government-Since-’72?

          1. Mr. Trans Am

          2. Mr. Creepy Kissy Grope.

        2. Given that the Dems have already let the white working class know that they’ll be thrown under the bus as soon as it’s politically expedient to do so, I expect they’re going to have a long row to hoe.

          1. Black folks are starting to step away from the Democrats for this reason.

      2. When you play the game of zero-sum identity politics, you don’t get to win the love of whichever arbitrary grouping you’ve decided ought to lose.

      3. Hmm… So telling the majority they need to stand aside because “racism” doesn’t help you win popularity contests? Interesting.

    2. Read the article and it focused way too heavily on political messaging for my taste. No consideration that Hillary’s isolation might contribute to her actually being wrong on the topics at hand.

  16. “Navy collisions that killed 17 sailors ‘avoidable,’ notes inquiry”
    […]
    “On Tuesday, McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pointed to the automatic budget cuts at the Pentagon since 2013, known as sequestration, as one of the primary culprits behind the combined 17 deaths aboard the two destroyers.
    “We’ve deprived them of the funds to do it,” McCain said of the continuous operations in the Pacific. “We’re putting those men and women in harm’s way to be wounded or killed because we refuse to give them the sufficient training and equipment and readiness. It’s a failure of Congress. It’s on us.”
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/nat…..324012.php

    See? Nothing left to cut!

    1. They’ve never been trained to not crash a boat!

    2. What a fucking asshole. The boat crashed because the captain was a fucking idiot and didn’t turn the boat before they rammed a fucking container ship, one of the biggest freaking boats in the ocean. Don’t you have another trillion to throw at the F-35?

      1. Hey, in fairness, if anyone knows first hand what it is like to fuck up and getting a bunch of people killed and nearly sink a ship, it is John McCain. The guy is a first hand expert on that subject. So he does speak from a poisition of experience and knowledge.

        1. He really doesn’t respect our troops at all. They’re all children who’s every success comes from his funding and every failure comes from everyone else’s lack of funding. He has no respect for the machinations of several million soldiers around the world acting with volition.

    3. McCain is an asshole like usual.

      If the Navy would pay their senior officers less and stop with the pet projects, that would free up a bunch of cash for training.

      If the government would stop spending trillions on sending the US military into every area for stupid reasons, that would free up a bunch of cash for training and readiness.

      If McCain would stop getting so many military people killed, their life insurance money paid could be better spent for training and readiness.

  17. Pesky Russians

    Russia’s Tupolev-95MSM bomber delivers first-ever strike on mission to Syria

    MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. An upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-95MSM on Thursday delivered the first-ever strike with X-101 cruise missiles while on a mission to destroy the strongholds of terrorist groupings in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said at its official channel in YouTube.

    No reports on the dispatches of these turboprops in strikes at terrorists in Syria were made earlier.

    1. No body was hurt. Everyone heard them take off in Moscow and had plenty of time to get to the shelters.

  18. New Poll: Almost Sixty Percent Of Americans Say We Have Reached The Worst Point In US History Under Trump

    The poll, with a large participation of 3,440 adult U.S. residents belonging to a diverse demographic and different racial groups, points towards a rapid disintegration of the belief that Americans generally place on the country’s national institutions and the government. While the main purpose of the poll was to discover the stress levels plaguing the American population, the results were astounding insofar as they revealed the reasons for that stress. According to the poll, almost two-thirds of the American populace (63 percent) considers the future of the nation to be a very or somewhat significant source of stress.

    1. points towards a rapid disintegration of the belief that Americans generally place on the country’s national institutions and the government

      Libertarian moment!

      Real Talk: i’d be genuinely encouraged by a loss of faith in government, if various forces hadn’t spent the last century convincing Americans that government and society are inseparable concepts.

      1. I was genuinely encouraged by the Left’s loss of faith in government during the reign of Bush the Lesser, only to see that disappear upon the ascension of The O.

        It’s going to take a strong – uuuuge, even – force to really chip away at the govt/society unity concept.

        1. Progressive ideology (which took over the Democratic Party in the 1930s and the Republicans by the end of the 1960s) boils down to the belief that humans suck and must be forced to be good, and that society has to be painstakingly constructed by those few who know better around the worse natures of everyone else. If a bad-intentioned reprobate like Trump gains the reins of the government, that’s not a problem with the concentration of power – it’s a problem with democracy, because all these equally bad-intentioned deplorables were able to slip one past their enlightened masters.

      2. I believe I’ve said this before (We all know I am super-duper smart and cool and shit) but I think these statements that people are losing faith need to be taken with a grain of salt. You mention that people often link government and society, which is also a problem, but there is also the fact that people tend to lose faith in government as it is at this moment.

        That is, they aren’t beginning to question the idea of government in general, they do not view it to be as a fundamentally flawed institution. Instead they view it as the wrong people in charge. In fact, I view a lot of this politicization of everything an extension of that belief system. If people see things going wrong, and people know that the government is the proper means to handle this, then it becomes increasingly important that YOUR GUY with the solutions gets in office. It is the only path to national salvation.

        Libertarianism is a big jump in that regard, in that it attacks a big assumption world-wide. That government, as a very concept, is flawed. Different people pulling levers can have different effects but in the long run is detrimental to a society as a whole.

  19. “Trump pushing travelers north to Canada, Marriott CEO says”
    […]
    “Divisive language and policies from President Trump are helping push business travelers north of the border, the head of Marriott International said Wednesday.”
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/bus…..324631.php

    Folks are not coming here since Trump is a big poopy head (and the Ds are not being divisive, either!)
    ———————————–
    Oh, wait:
    “(US)Travel demand increased; at a faster rate than the previous month”
    https://www.ustravel.org/ research/travel-trends-index

    You can look around. No one else seems to be having problems; maybe it’s his crummy properties.

    1. Most of the US’s murder and gun problem is suicide and gangs shooting eachother in a very small number of bad neighborhoods. Europe has been seeing far more terrorist attacks and random attacks on people in public touristy areas. While both risks are insgnificantly small, the risk from terrorism in most of Europe is much higher than in America.

  20. Mike Rowe: Irreconcilable On It’s Face!

    Russell Borders writes?
    Mike Rowe, you claim to champion blue collar concerns from a bafflingly “right wing” perspective. This is irreconcilable on its face. True blue collar construction jobs are absolutely infested by illegal labor. Please address this issue because a goodly portion of your fan base knows the truth.

    Hi Russell
    Thank you for such an intriguing combination of sentences. I’ve re-read them several times, and I still can’t figure out if you’re a liberal who’s baffled by my “right-wing” perspective, or a conservative who’s baffled by my stance on illegal immigration. Either way, I’m sorry for your bafflement, and happy to answer your question. But first, a few questions of my own…

    Mike Rowe = National Treasure.

    1. I’m afraid we’re losing our ability to separate ideas from identities.

      He really should have expounded on that point a bit more.

    2. Mike Row does not claim to do anything from a “right wing” perspective. I’ve watched, listend, and read him for years, but still couldn’t pin an ideology on him if a gun were held to my head. It’s clear he’s not liberal or progressive, but it’s also clear he’s not MAGA or Sociocon or Bannonite or Milotarian. I would instead hazard a guess that philosophy is heavily influenced by both Burke and Locke. Two people the modern Right have apparently never heard of.

      1. All Mike Rowe does is say that people who work for a living are what makes our civilization function and should be valued. You are absolutely right that his position is not partisan. You would think that Democrats would agree with that sentiment as well. It is not so much that they don’t. It is that these people are totalitarian and see the entire world and everyone in it as either something that supports their politics or something to be destroyed. Their hatred of Mike Rowe just shows that there is no standing on the sidelines anymore. You either join the Progressive hive or understand that you are its enemy and it intends to destroy you.

        1. And these people should be enabled, not shackled.

          His respect for the power of the individual is very libertarian.

          But, I think he extends this to a treatise on the proper size or power of government. He seems to stick to the proper perspective of government. I think this is a good strategy for him. Get the left/right/big/small to agree on the goals, and then there will be less conflict over the method.

          Empower the individual worker, as opposed to the abstract, collective worker.

          1. Seems his basis is also purely practical. There are a lot of skilled labor jobs sitting unfilled. They pay well and the training to do them is often less than a college degree. Why not work to fill those jobs?

    3. “It’s easy to laugh at such broken logic when it’s applied to the credibility of a B-list celebrity.”

      He will always be A-list in my heart!

    4. Ok, after reading his post, I think there is one important point to consider. When some of these analyses are done, there is a disconnect.

      They point to some welders making $100k, and also to 3,000 (arbitrary number) open welding positions. What they don’t show, is that the vacancies are typically at the bottom end of the pay scale. Like $20k/year bottom end of the payscale.

      So a fair question is whether they are vacant because of a shortage, or vacant because the pay offer is low? And IIRC, many of these jobs only make economic sense at $20k, so it’s not a simple matter of just raising the price.

      What may really be happening is, “I have some work for a cheap welder, but if I can’t find a cheap welder, I will solve this problem an entirely different way.” That isn’t a reason for someone to enter the welding trade.

      I am going from memory based on something I read in the WSJ several years ago, so YMMV.

  21. ” Hillary Clinton’s team “rigged the nomination process” in 2016 ”

    I believe the term for Hillary’s strategy was “trigger rigged”.

    1. “rightly”

      1. User error.

      2. html tags are not hard

        1. Tagging hard html’s is not Crusty’s specialty.

  22. So the rules were made before the campaign season even started and no one knew who the candidates would be. Hillary won the nomination because DNC types do party work and it’s party work that wins elections. Most SJWs are too busy protesting something to bother voting, let along manning a phone bank or walking icky precincts. To be fair, even Hillary had a hard time, because the polls showed that most Democrats just stayed home in disgust.

    Donna Brazile just trying to build bridges to the BernieBros by feeding their conspiracy theory.

    1. No one knew who the candidates would be?

      It’s just a coincidence that they were written for Hillary? The leftover machine candidate from the prior primary?

    2. “”Donna Brazile just trying to build bridges to the BernieBros by feeding their conspiracy theory.”‘

      What part of that do you think is conspiracy? Is Brazile making up the part about the memo of how everything went through Clinton’s people?

      Hillary likes to have her own personal team doing business. Just ask anyone that worked in the Whitehouse travel office right before she became first lady.

  23. http://twitter.com/FenitN/stat…..0318779392

    Northern Virginia Democrat tells crowd, “They’re evil, we’re the good guys” state Sen @BarbaraFavola on Virginia Republicans to a packed hall of Arlington Democrats.”

    Benjamin Franklin famously said during the Revolution that the colonist could hang together or hang seperately. That is the position the right is in right now in America. We can all argue about Trump or taxes or wars or whatever. Understand, that the left hates our guts. At some point, you have to take people at their word. This woman thinks anyone who disagrees with her politics is evil. Given that fact, it is hard to see what means she would not see as justified in dealing with said people. Why wouldn’t she want Republicans, Libertarians and anyone else whom the Party doesn’t approve locked up or dead? She thinks they are evil. Who doesn’t want evil people who are destroying the society locked up or dead?

    1. I can’t believe how retarded the state elections have gotten in the Commonwealth this year. It’s like everybody looked at the worst stuff from the national election in 2016 and said, “Yeah that, except more.”

      1. I do not think this woman is a reflection of Virginia so much as a reflection of what the left, and understand the left now owns the Democratic party, actually believes. These people think anyone who doesn’t 100% share their politics is evil. The benign moral narcassism of liberals thinking they were the forces of good fighting for a better future has turned malignant. These people are nasty, stupid and dangerous.

        1. You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists?

          1. No. You are either with us or you are evil. That is what she is saying and saying it about other Americans, not about crazy fucks blowing themselves up in market places. They think that you, by virtue of not being a Demcorat, are no different than the guy who murdered the people in New York yesterday.

            The problem here is not that she is saying there is such a thing as evil. The problem is who she is catagorizing as evil. You are on a libertarian board, so maybe you think Muslims are sacred the way some Libertarians do. I don’t know. But, saying “hey terrorists are evil and you can’t stand by and do nothing without being part of the problem” is in no way analogous to saying some guy in SW Virginia who owns a pickup and has never bothered someone is evil by virtue of how he votes.

  24. The suspect in the New York City terror attack has reportedly told investigators that he spent a year planning it.

    Imagine the carnage he would have caused if he had spent TWO years planning it.

    National Public Radio’s senior vice president for news has resigned over sexual harassment allegations.

    “If he weights the same as a duck, then he is…”
    “A SEXUAL HARASSER!”
    “You can use my big scales.”

    1. He got into the country by winning the “diversity lottery”, because apparently America doesn’t have enough crazy, backward fucks and needed more for “diversity. Just think some consolate officer looked that guy and though “hey America get ya some of that”. But hey, at least he is not one of those inferior lazy Americans, right Mexican?

    2. He got into the country by winning the “diversity lottery”, because apparently America doesn’t have enough crazy, backward fucks and needed more for “diversity. Just think some consolate officer looked that guy and though “hey America get ya some of that”. But hey, at least he is not one of those inferior lazy Americans, right Mexican?

  25. “Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, says that Hillary Clinton’s team “rigged the nomination process” in 2016 and undermined the Bernie Sanders’ campaign. “If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead.””

    Tony tells us that this is all a lie and that the hag has no baggage.

    1. But a black woman says that it is true. I always knew Tony was a racist.


  26. Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, says that Hillary Clinton’s team “rigged the nomination process” in 2016 and undermined the Bernie Sanders’ campaign. “If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead.”

    Naive, but I can sympathize that a party called the ‘Democrats’ should probably be, oh I don’t know, Democratic. That’s the open secret though, they are only ‘Democratic’ to the extent that they believe in a Tyranny of the Majority. They also assume that they are the voice of that theoretical majority, but that’s not so very different from the Republicans in that neither of them really give a shit about voters. They give a shit about their jobs.

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