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  • Trump's Twitter tear this mornings has targeted Republican legislators and Chicago crime, which has "reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help," Trump tweeted.
  • Meanwhile, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been taking to talk shows and The Washington Post (title: "Donald Trump is not well") in response to the president's Thursday Twitter rant insulting them.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!

    And do something about all these women bleeding around me!

  • ||

    Hello.

  • BYODB||

    Funny that Trump would say this now, since it was exactly what the Republicans were elected to do in the first place. Well, y'know, minus the whole 'replace' thing.

    Trump was the only one saying replace, if memory serves.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "The guy that's in the White House now is not the guy we knew 2 years ago."

    Who would have guessed these two weren't good judges of character.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Anyone who ever saw them?

    Seriously; deriding anyne who doesn't fall in with the Leftie Narrative Of The Day is a longtime pattern of behavior for the stooges of the Mainstream Media. No surprises here.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Don Imus had Joe Scarborough pegged dead to rights when he nicknamed him "Banjo Boy" at least ten years ago.

  • bevis the lumberjack||

    Trump has consistently behaved like an asshole since he first became famous 40ish years ago. Trump is elected president. In a shocking development, Trump still behaves like an asshole.

  • ||

    In a shocking development, Trump still behaves like an asshole.

    I know you may find this hard to believe, but the guy has fake magazine covers of himself hanging in the clubhouses at his golf courses. They're just littered among the legitimate magazine covers and framed articles on the walls. Walls literally full of himself would be one thing but faked?!?!? It's like he's barely even trying to win at being a real asshole!

  • LarryA||

    not the guy we knew

    Well, yes he still is.

    What Brzezinski and Scarborough still don't understand is that the election came out the way it did not because Trump fooled voters, but because Clinton failed to fool voters. Trump is still the second worst candidate.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    It's the last day of the fiscal year for the Banana Republic of Illinois and the junior grade Obama mommas who (mis)manage it. In other words, they're almost out of time.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Yeah, but they've been almost out of time for decades. We can hope, but don't bet the farm.

  • ||

    Yeah, I like how the critical deadline is today. If they don't get to it it's *likely* Moody's will downgrade them. I can see how the past decade of mismanagement and the complete failure to achieve a budget for the last 23 mos. would give Moody's pause.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    By the way, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Mofo himself and his wife sort of from Illinois? Yes, I'm pretty sure that in fact she grew up in Chicago and he spent several years in the Illinois senate!

    Given their dual background and connections in Chicago and Illinois state politics, shouldn't Mr. and Mrs. Mofo leave their underground bunker in Kalorama for a little while, stop trying to undermine his successor, and maybe go back home and try to help save their state? Or do they simply not give a rat's ass about where they came from anymore?

  • ||

    Or do they simply not give a rat's ass about where they came from anymore?

    HRC is a native Chicagolander/Ilini as well. I figured this forgetting about/shitting on your stomping grounds was all a part of selling your soul to the DNC. Going back because there are problems would betray the whole concept of social progress.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Trump's Twitter tear this mornings has targeted Republican legislators and Chicago crime, which has "reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help,"

    It's a cry for help, he meant to type "Freudal"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Germany has legalized same-sex marriages.

    Legalized or recognized? Because you know who else didn't use the English language precisely?

  • sarcasmic||

    Because you know who else didn't use the English language precisely?

    Hitler?

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    Yogi Berra?

  • Drave Robber||

    Ya?

  • Libertarian||

    Trump?

  • gaoxiaen||

    Foster Brooks?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Mushmouth?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Anyone who says "nukular"!

  • American Memer||

    Chaucer?

  • Dillinger||

    Noah Webster?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Jackie Chan, but we love him anyway?

  • Bee Tagger||

    Meanwhile, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been taking to talk shows

    One of these days I'll watch Inception so I can make a reference to it at times like these.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Colorado Springs—Libertarian Paradise?

    I only associate snow with Colorado so this sounds like 2 oxymorons.

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    Clearly Politico is misinformed because Colorado Springs is nothing like Somalia.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Phone sex operators in California are suing to be classified as employees, not independent contractors.

    So that's still a thing, huh? I would have thought the internet would have classified them out of work by now.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    By the way, how in the world did PETA get their hands on a family portrait of "Crusty Juggler" and "Citizen X"?

    Oh right, what was I thinking, they're the same person.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    What happened with that Seth Rich conspiracy you were obsessed about, Mikey?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    It lives on through me!

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Reach for the sky, Mikey.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    So Domestic's mental image of Crusty is a fit black dude? ....OK, too much here for my one class of psychology.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I thought Crusty was the chicken.

  • sarcasmic||

    Some people use feathers. Others use the whole chicken.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    SIV porn? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  • Jerryskids||

    There's an alt text opportunity in that PETA image about dark meat and the size of the cock but I ain't going there.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    So you just circle around the whole instead?

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    Meanwhile, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been taking to talk shows and The Washington Post (title: "Donald Trump is not well") in response to the president's Thursday Twitter rant insulting them.

    The president's unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika "neurotic" and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.

    Whaaaaaa?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It looks like two guys had a threesome with a chicken and the chicken completely blew their minds.

    I'm okay with gay sex and bestiality, but I draw the line at the mixing of the races.

  • x'); DROP USER Tony;||

    At least now we know that it's not the chicken that comes first.

  • PurityDiluting||

    thread winner

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Don't egg him on.

  • Jerryskids||

    Yo, Fist, I'm really happy for you, omelet you finish, but Drop User had one of the best quips of all time!

  • pan fried wylie||

    +1 Kanyegg

  • Libertarian||

    Oh, look on the sunny side for once.

  • Dillinger||

    word.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    'Mom, Dad, there's a bear in my room': Bear crashes through window in Anchorage break-in

    Zach said he shot upright when he woke to the crash. He saw a figure the size of a grown man in his room. In the darkness and clamor, he struggled to make out what was near the foot of his bed. He watched it scratch at the walls and climb back through the window from which it entered before he could let out a scream and figure out what he had just witnessed — a bear crashing in and out of his garden-level bedroom.
  • Libertarian||

    Bear, or Bigfoot?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Apparently Rob Lowe spotted STEVE SMITH in the south just yesterday, so just a bear.

  • Necron 99||

    I had a dream there was a bear outside the window, after yelling for it to go away the damn thing came through the window and bit down on my forearm. I was screaming for help, but shit, no one wanted to risk it, I was left for bear food. I was woken up by my wife shaking me by my forearm asking "are you okay, you were screaming?" Fuck no, I'm pissed, you see who your real friends are when you're being eaten by a bear - bunch of assholes.

    The next day I told my wife about the dream, including waking up to find her shaking me where the bear had me, she laughed.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    Mortgage lender woos millennial buyers with one-month's supply of free avocado toast

    For the entire month of July, wealth management firm SoFi will award anyone who takes out a mortgage through the service a month's worth of avocado toast, delivered straight to their door.


    "Pundits have unfairly besmirched avocado toast as the reason younger Americans aren't buying homes," says Joanne Bradford, Chief Marketing Officer at SoFi. "We know that's wrong — it's because the traditional mortgage product hasn't evolved."

    Let's crowdfund a free month's supply of avocado toast so the people who love avocado leave and go to Canada, or Philadelphia, or some other living hell.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Sounds like someone didn't have an avacado tree in their backyard when they were young.

  • ||

    The guy that's in the White House now is not the guy we knew 2 years ago.

    what happened? did he have a nip/tuck?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Pod-president

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Nah just a promotion that went to his head.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    A shot across MJGreen's abnormal bow: New Braunfels man with history of 'deviant' sex acts with vegetables sentenced to life in prison

    A Comal County jury sentenced the 56-year-old New Braunfels man to life in prison Wednesday on charges of drug possession and tampering with evidence after a Texas state trooper found him sitting in his truck with melted candle wax on his bare chest and a collection of meth-filled syringes, male enhancement pills, lube, children's clothing and a cooler of frozen cucumbers with him.


    After Ransier was detained, troopers searched his pickup truck and found a mishmash of startling items: Barbie dolls, candy, children's clothing, balloons, baby oil, Viagra, Extenze male enhancement pills, duct tape, rope and a cooler with frozen cucumbers inside.
  • Aloysious||

    Frozen cucumbers. You don't see those every day.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Did he dress the cucumbers up in Children's Clothes first?

    Also, lifetime for possession and evidence tampering? Seems a bit much.

  • BearOdinson||

    At first I thought the sentence was ridiculous! The guy maybe a druggie and a perv, but so what.
    It turns out the guy has nine previous felony convictions, including vehicular manslaughter.

    Although, I still can't understand how possession can receive a life sentence.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Yeah, seems wrong. Presuming he served his time for his previous convictions.

  • CatoTheChipper||

    Probably multiple felony convictions got the life sentence.

    However, back in the 70s, simple possession of any amount of marijuana was a felony subject to imprisonment from two years to life.

  • CatoTheChipper||

    In Texas, that is.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    I can't wait for TREASON to participate in this cover up with their cocktail party pals over at The Daily LEAST: NASA Denies That It's Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars

    A report on Alex Jones' InfoWars claiming child sex slaves have been kidnapped and shipped to Mars is untrue, NASA told The Daily Beast on Thursday.

    "There are no humans on Mars. There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren't. There are," Guy Webster, a spokesperson for Mars exploration at NASA, told The Daily Beast. "But there are no humans."

    Cucks are afraid of the truth.

  • gaoxiaen||

    They're all Mormons.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    They chose their words too carefully. Children are not human, thus they avoided the whole question.

    Clever engineers.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Whatever it takes to get funding eh NASA? Oh God, what was in those giant hangers they sold to Google?!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Colorado Springs—Libertarian Paradise?

    You knew it would not end well when all those Colorado Springs pirates started seizing cargo ships bound for Denver.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Al the posturing on the senate healthcare bill is about corralling moderates.

    Repealing the ACA would be much more radical than voting for the senate bill, and threatening to do that puts significantly more pressure on moderate Republicans to pass the senate bill now. There wouldn't be any moaning about how repealing ObamaCare bill doesn't do x, y, and z.

    If moderate Republicans don't vote to simply repeal when if it comes to that, the threat to their reelection won't come from opposing Democrats. The threat will come from other Republican challengers in the primaries.

    The rate of incumbents winning is extremely high--for those who make it back to the general election. If you don't make it to the general election, what difference does that make? Ask all the incumbent Republicans who lost their seats to Tea Party candidates in recent elections how that works.

    Moral of the story--if the moderates would rather choose between facing angry Republican primary voters or facing a general election after voting to repeal ObamaCare, then go ahead and vote against the senate bill.

    Threatening to simply repeal ObamaCare makes voting for the senate health bill now the path of least resistance.

  • BYODB||

    Umm...by 'moderate Republicans' I assume you're referring to the Progressive wing of the Republican party since nationalizing healthcare is something the Republican party was steadfastly against. You know, until they actually got into power.


    Now they're just trying to put their own signature on the free bennies.


    Trump saying they should repeal now, replace later is actually the best idea they've had yet.

  • BYODB||

    Note, for example, that the so-called 'Moderate Wing' of the Republican party is for expanding Medicaid further so I'm not sure how 'moderate' they really are. If that's what we consider moderate now, we're just fucked.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Moderate Republicans are from swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio and from blue states like New Jersey and New York.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Colorado Springs—Libertarian Paradise?

    Short version of the article: politicians who focus primarily on being raging assholes to their political opponents find it hard to actually get much of their agenda done.

  • PurityDiluting||

    sounds vaguely familiar

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    Do you know who else is unwell? Joe Scarborough and anyone who pays to listen to this shit: Joe Scarborough Opens Up About His New Album—and Muse

    At that point, the song was still missing a bridge, and their impasse gave him an idea. He wrote in the lines "I'm not going to beg/I'm not going to beg/Oh, what the hell/Look at me beg/Baby please/Oh, baby please/Let's fall in love." He called Brzezinski, told her about the song, and begged her to come.
  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...and begged her to come.

    So far she's still waiting for this one.

  • Dillinger||

    she needs to call that chicken.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    No, PETA sends girls a different animal rape.

  • Dillinger||

    zebra.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    The New York Post finally wrote a story about twisted Reason commenter MJGreen: NYC's most 'undateable' man may have pissed off every woman in the city

    Social media users turned on Peck, also 24, after his review of the dinner, published in the magazine, noted that Marino "was about five minutes late, which annoyed the s–t out of me," and he immediately saw that "she didn't have the goods." The Upper East Side resident also said he's so busy, it takes "more than just a beautiful woman to turn his head."

    During what could be the worst blind date ever, when Marino ordered a steak well-done at the Greenwich Steakhouse, Peck said, "I was like, 'Live your life, but this is not Outback Steakhouse, girl.' "

    He just makes me want to buy another vibrator.

  • Meh.||

    I don't think that he necessarily deserves this... the column was called Undateables, so I don't know what the readers were expecting. It definitely doesn't excuse any of the ridiculous things he said, but I just think it's a little over the top to have hordes of angry people saying far worse things about him online.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    You always have a Friend here.

  • Briggie||

    Marino ordered a steak well-done at the Greenwich Steakhouse

    Why, why would you do this? Might as well take a pile of cash, set it on fire and eat the ashes. That is pretty much what you are doing.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    What's funny is that lower on the report she says she ordered her entree on the recommendation of the guy and the waiter. Apparently, she is not a big meat eater, and wasn't sure how to order the filet. But I think it was also brunch, which is... I don't know. Why are you even having a first, blind date at a non-Outback restaurant?

  • Briggie||

    He was probably desperate to impress her, or she suggested it and he did not do any research. I live in Charleston and have had women try to get a first date at a zigat rated restaurant downtown, which can get VERY expensive here. Sorry, but unless she is my girlfriend or Emma Watson, I am not dropping $200-300 on a first date.

  • colorblindkid||

    I'm convinced PETA's twitter account is actually an anti-PETA troll. There's no way any of the shit they put out could be real.

  • Meh.||

    I don't know, at this point, I think this is calculated to be as outrageous as possible. If it was just an annoying list of scientific "facts" or something, it would be ignored. I think they've gotten to the point where they consider any kind of attention to their cause as being good.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    I see you fell under the spell of his dreamy, bedroom eyes.

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    I meant for that to be placed under the undateable story.

    Gosh.

  • Meh.||

    Ha, no, just pointing out the obvious "two wrongs don't make a right," I guess. Also, it's always bad news to date a guy who thinks he's prettier than you.

  • Griffin3||

    they've gotten to the point where they consider any kind of attention to their cause as being good.

    FTFY

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    I don't even see what's all that outrageous about it. It's just dumb, a joke that requires too much explanation to remotely make sense.

    At least when PETA has hot celebrity chicks showing Dat Ass in their ads, it's something that even people who don't agree with their agenda will enjoy.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Yes, they might be trying to fabricate a meme out of their ad -- something I could see lots of organizations trying in the future when they start being run by millennials. To have one's ad go viral and generate conversation, can you put a price to that?

  • Crusty Juggler - Feminist||

    Out went some police officers along with three of the department's helicopters, which were auctioned online. Trash cans vanished from city parks, because when you cut 75 percent of the parks' budget, one of the things you lose is someone to empty the garbage. For a city that was founded when a wealthy industrialist planted 10,000 trees on a shadeless prairie, the suddenly sparse watering of the city's grassy lawns was a profound and dire statement of retreat.

    To fill a $28 million budget hole, Colorado Springs' political leaders—who until that point might have been described by most voters as fiscal conservatives—asked citizens to triple their property taxes. Nearly two-thirds of voters said no. In response, city officials (some would say almost petulantly) turned off one out of every three street lights. That's when people started paying attention to a city that seemed to be conducting a real-time experiment in fiscal self-starvation. But that was just the prelude. The city wasn't content simply to reject a tax increase. Voters wanted something genuinely different, so a little more than a year later, they elected a real estate entrepreneur as mayor who promised a radical break from politics as usual.

    What the frick is libertarian about what they did?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Nothing says fiscal conservative like massive, unfillable budget holes.

  • prolefeed||

    A libertarian paradise would not have a city run monopoly on garbage collection -- you'd pick which private company you wanted to pick up your trash, and if they did a shitty job you'd fire them.

    The parks would be privately owned and run, and the entrance fees would cover the maintenance costs.

    And so on.

    You'd have to be confused about how libertarianism works to think poorly run government services equals a libertarian fail.

  • Robert||

    Read on about the mayor they elected & how he saved them a lot of $tax.

  • Sevo||

    Germany also made news another way::

    "Germany passes law against online hate speech"
    [...]
    " German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks, which critics say could have drastic consequences for free speech online.
    The measure approved is designed to enforce the country's existing limits on speech, including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial. Among other things, it would fine social networking sites up to 50 million euros ($56 million) if they persistently fail to remove illegal content within a week, including defamatory "fake news.""
    http://abcnews.go.com/Internat.....w-48368036

    With those sorts of fines, it appears more a money-raising vehicle for 'free shit' than anything else.

  • ||

    Well, I guess it's time to say it.

    Fuck Germany.

  • ||

    Get ready for a bunch more of 'Man makes Muslim joke imprisoned in Germany'.

    What country speaks for free speech in Europe?

    I know, I know.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Well, if CS is an indicator, you can say anything online in Poland.

  • x'); DROP USER Tony;||

    Well, I guess it's time to say it.

    Fuck Germany.

    Sure, they've made bad decisions in the past, but at least their hearts were always in the right place.

  • PurityDiluting||

    "With those sorts of fines, it appears more a money-raising vehicle for 'free shit' than anything else."

    That's where the money is. The tech companies sitting on hoards of cash are gonna get fleeced.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Hmm.. so the German aristocracy will be enriched and immune from government policy, while the German pleb suffers under the tyranny of a police state -- never change Europe.

  • ||

    "Trump's Twitter tear this mornings has targeted Republican legislators and Chicago crime, which has "reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help,"

    When he says *help* he means?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He going to start launching missiles.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    More military grade hardware for Chicago PD?

  • ||

    That response from Angela Night was FANTASTIC!

    Good job girl!

  • Jerryskids||

    But the murder toll itself doesn't mean the president can send in troops, says UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo.
    "Simple murder is not a violation of federal law," he said. "I don't think the conditions in Chicago have any relationship to federal law."
    The only way Chicago's situation could possibly fall under the Insurrection Act, Yoo said, is if the murders also violated some aspect of federal law, such as acts committed by drug cartels or terrorists.

    John Yoo? The guy who said in wartime the president becomes God and can do anything he pleases? There's a war going on here John, Trump can send in goons to crush the testicles of these people's children and you're going to defend it, remember?

  • Rebel Scum||

    Meanwhile, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough have been taking to talk shows and The Washington Post (title: "Donald Trump is not well") in response to the president's Thursday Twitter rant insulting them.

    Something about insulting someone who has insulted you does not strike me to be as damning as, say, "investigating" (threatening*) a journo that reported uncomfortable facts about one's admin.

    * This is what I told my card-carrying team blue gf when she got up in arms about this new bs. I just want to instill a sense of perspective. Also, I'm kindof amazed she puts up with me because I am generally pretty blunt and we don't have much in common politically speaking.

  • prolefeed||

    My self-described bleeding heart liberal GF is similar. We generally avoid talking about politics, and thus get along fine.

  • ||

    Something about insulting someone who has insulted you does not strike me to be as damning as, say, "investigating" (threatening*) a journo that reported uncomfortable facts about one's admin.

    The clip I heard was from Mika saying, "He's so easily played by a cable news host." I don't know how to read that except that she goes on TV in order to be manipulative. To the point where if I said I think her mask is slipping, it's sexist.

  • Rebel Scum||

    she goes on TV in order to be manipulative.

    Oh, she does.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ9ce-yMEfc

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Suppressed Daddy issues? He was probably conservative.

  • Rebel Scum||

    PETA

    I'm suddenly in the mood for a steak. And, yea, that poster is gay and bestial as hell. I wonder how many people it went through for approval and no one caught the problem with it.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I said elsewhere but I reckon it's gay and bestial by design. Trying to fabricate their ad to viral status -- just looking at the social media comments at the top of this page with thousands of likes, makes me think they succeeded.

  • Eric||

    "Colorado Springs - Libertarian Paradise"

    Umm No. The city relies almost solely on the military and is a bastion of social conservatism. However, IIRC a few years ago they were turning off street lights at night because they couldn't afford to keep them lit. Colorado Springs is an uber right-wing shithole with a gorgeous view of the mountains.

  • x'); DROP USER Tony;||

    I'm no right winger, and the Springs might be my favorite place I ever lived. There is a giant military presence, but the area still leans toward liberalism FAR more than not.

  • Eric||

    Yes, there are a handful of "leave me the fuck alone" types there. But that doesn't work for a metro area of > 300k people. Basic necessities, like sidewalk maintenance, trash pick up, lit streets, etc, are neglected. Like the rest of Team Red, they love them some government, but don't want to pay for it.
    You don't want libertarianism associated with that city.

  • timbo||

    Team Red! Sons a bitches.

  • lap83||

    "Basic necessities...are neglected"

    Team Blue cities never have that problem

  • timbo||

    I've found that teams red and blue are the same thing.

    We should have never expected nor received all of these services from these assholes in the first place.

    If team giant gov had privatized every one of those services above, you would have a functioning community.

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    We should have never expected nor received all of these services from these assholes in the first place

    That can be argued, but that was never going to happen given the general direction of the country in the first half of the 20th century. In an increasingly complex society with an ever-growing population, demands for government management and oversight will inevitably increase. The key is figuring out the right balance on what the community actually needs to function and remain safe on a daily basis, versus mere indulgences that don't have anything to do with those day-to-day functions.

  • prolefeed||

    In an increasingly complex society with an ever-growing population, demands for government management and oversight will inevitably increase.

    Increasing complexity does not imply that the only solution is a few Top. Men. running things, despite them increasingly lacking the requisite knowledge to handle stuff as complexity increases.

    The food supply chain has grown increasingly complex over time -- are you implying that we inevitably should have government farms and cafeterias become the sole provider of food?

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    Increasing complexity does not imply that the only solution is a few Top. Men. running things, despite them increasingly lacking the requisite knowledge to handle stuff as complexity increases.

    Tainter discussed this in The Collapse of Complex Societies--increasing complexity brings diminishing returns over time, and generations become increasingly ill-equipped to handle it. That doesn't mean they're going to be incompetent at it from the very beginning, however.

    The food supply chain has grown increasingly complex over time -- are you implying that we inevitably should have government farms and cafeterias become the sole provider of food?

    Did I miss the part where we didn't have FDA inspectors or a Pure Food and Drug Act? More government oversight doesn't automatically have to mean we'll inevitably get our meals from the People's Chow Hall, supplied with food from the People's Farm Collective.

  • Robert||

    The "team" designation in local politics bears little or no relationship to their supposed teammates in state & nat'l gov't. Basically they just choose up sides, & there's "no Democratic or Republican way to sweep the streets". The only reason for some of the politicians to even have an ideology is the hope of advancing to higher office; for the voters, no such thing.

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    Colorado Springs is an uber right-wing shithole with a gorgeous view of the mountains.

    It's also one of the last large cities along the Front Range that still has affordable housing that aren't total reno jobs or in quasi-ghetto shitholes--unlike, say, north Aurora.

    Basic necessities, like sidewalk maintenance, trash pick up, lit streets, etc, are neglected.

    This assessment is amusing because the article talks about how the mayor that replaced Bach was running the city just fine. Turns out having someone who knows what the fuck they're doing, irrespective of party, is the key to running a successful government--even in an "uber right-wing shithole."

  • Eric||

    "It's also one of the last large cities along the Front Range that still has affordable housing that aren't total reno jobs or in quasi-ghetto shitholes--unlike, say, north Aurora."

    The market drives housing prices. The demand is higher for anything with proximity to Denver, and thus housing, even shitty housing prices are going up.

  • eubes||

    Hmmm. The park's trash cans are evacuated well before overflowing, the streets are well lit, and my sidewalks are nice and flat.

    Life is good here in Colorado Springs. It was good back in the recession, too. All these articles never really got the real feel of life here.

  • ||

    I'm no right winger, and the Springs might be my favorite place I ever lived.

    Just did a road trip with the kids through CO. Spent the night in the Springs. Worried that with the youngish kids, we might have to be explaining all the "Stoner's Pot Palace" and head shops. They were simultaneously more abundant and more discreet than the hooka bars and glass shops in our decidedly blue state of IL, where it isn't even really legal.

    Not that CO Springs isn't dependent on free shit but that doesn't prevent other people from being rabidly and obnoxiously anti-team.

  • Eric||

    COS (like all of the other Republican areas of the state) doesn't allow recreational MJ shops within its borders.

  • ||

    (like all of the other Republican areas of the state) doesn't allow recreational MJ shops within its borders.

    You're only reinforcing what I said about the fact that some people have to exterminate the other team from all corners and at any costs. Glass shops in IL, even entirely without marijuana (or even tobacco), are seen/portrayed as lower-class businesses. The (presuming your assertion) marijuana-free or medically-licensed glass shops in CO(S) appeared as legitimate any other business. Even in COS, you were within 10-20 driving minutes of a 'Green Cross' billboard which doesn't even exist in much of the rest of the US.

    I'd say I don't care, turn the whole fucking state blue. The problem is it's just as likely to wind up as IL as anything else.

  • Dillinger||

    how can nobody at PETA see what's going to be made of that poster?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I don't understand what reading they even intended for this.

  • timbo||

    You can bet its more about showing gay men than animals. Pretty soon we are all going to have to watch gay porn on the airplane safety video.

  • Dillinger||

    your emergency exits are here, and here, where Steve and Adam's cocks are pointing...

  • ||

    Mating the male and female parts of the seat belt together is heterosexist...

  • Careless||

    For the record, they also made straight ones with a cow and a pig

  • ||

    I don't understand what reading they even intended for this.

    PETA loves animals.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I don't understand what reading they even intended for this.

    I think it's a 'humanity rapes the environment' tie in, but we've moved from flora to fauna... and just men are doing the raping?

  • Domestic Dissident||

    A few short hours ago, the Mofo's #1 soul brother Eric Holder sent out a cryptic tweet to his fellow loyal Obamites at the FBI and the Department of Justice.

    This makes me wonder if someone big is on the verge of possibly being charged with crimes and indicted. Possibly even acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for violating the Hatch Act and several other laws?

  • timbo||

    We don't indict deep staters.
    Only advisor to the president fall guys. There must be a line item on the application to work in politics: Are you willing to take the fall and go to prison for the team? You will be compensated by a guaranteed job and government pension afterwards.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    That PETA ad... So deep, so many layers.

  • Fuck You - Cut Spending||

    Questions about Trump's "surge":

    1) Do the BATF "troops" get the same overtime pay/benefits and pension padding as CPD gets?
    2) What lucky areas lose BATF "troops" that get redeployed to Chiraq?
    3) Was the BATF purposely refusing to help CPD before?
    4) How many more surges will Trump support?
    5) Will a second surge mean the first surge was a failure? Or does it merely mean the standard "We didn't surge enough" line that bureaucratic failure always engenders?
    6) Did anyone stop to think about the last time the feds "surged" into Chiraq?
    7) If so, does this mean I should be rooting for increased homicides so that the asinine War On Drugs finally ends with "Drugs" declared the winner (ala "alcohol" being declared the winner in the War on Booze)?

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