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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We're running on ENB time, I see.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    Someone needs to pick up the slack now that Robby's gone for the summer

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Or slack up the slack, in this case. ಠ_ಠ

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Wake me when she goes to the salon and gets a Robby Cut.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    You don't get a Robby Cut. You're either born with it or you're not.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Please let Robby be gone for more than a summer.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Nah, he's great. I miss him and college reporting is good.

  • ||

    Hello.

    "Conservatives are in an uproar over feminist activist and Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour using the word jihad during a speech."

    Er, her grotesque stupidity should put anyone of sound moral and intellectual mind in an uproar.

    Are you suggesting it's just one of those things?

    /whaddya gonna do?

  • JWatts||

    To quote her:

    ""I hope that … when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.""

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "...Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America..."
    Does she know that women are treated as second class citizens in Islamic culture and in the Koran?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    President Trump will be palling around with Vladimir Putin today.

    Getting his orders in plain sight. Genius!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Cue our annual cultural freak-out over sexbots.

    But DER TAKEN OR JERBS

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Can they do handjobs? Come to think of it, I'm not sure it's a good idea to stick your crank anywhere near machinery.

  • Tumbleweed||

    You're questioning the decision to make all electric vulvas?

  • Stormy Dragon||

  • XenoZooValentine||

    "Why are we skipping over the Japanese fuck machines?"

    https://youtu.be/yZ8f4NNEbxM?t=1247

  • XenoZooValentine||

    Wrong timestamp, sorry.

    Clearly I need an edit button, and don't need to double-check links before I post them.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    I'm not sure it's a good idea to stick your crank anywhere near machinery

    Prude.

  • Libertarian||

    For the love of god, don't ask it to "jerk it off."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The dress code has been around for decades, and also includes strict rules for male attire.

    Also no bare shoulders. Not even when sun's out.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    When Amash first got elected, and showed up with his "Sun's out, Guns out" shirt, he was banned from the grounds. This flagrant abuse of authority is what made him the politician he today.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "President Trump will be palling around with Vladimir Putin today."

    appalling.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    Married teacher, 43, 'ADOPTED her 15-year-old student so she could have sex with him nearly every day'

    The student was quoted as telling police that his and Culver's relationship turned sexual in June 2016, when one night she started to fondle him before bedtime, stripped off his clothes, then proceeded to perform oral sex on him and have intercourse with the boy.

    'After that first incident, they would engage in sex often, and it was to the point where he felt that if he told her to stop she would get mad and kick him out of the house,' according to the complaint.

    The most outrageous part:

    According to Culver's LinkedIn account, she was hired in September 2013 by Trenton Public Schools as a climate and culture leader, drawing a salary of more than $96,000 last year.
  • DJF||

    An even bigger crime is that the taxpayers have to pay for a "as a climate and culture leader".

  • Libertarian||

    And an even BIGGER crime is that, in 2017, we can't be sure that climate in this case does not refer to global warming.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "According to Culver's LinkedIn account, she was hired in September 2013 by Trenton Public Schools as a climate and culture leader, drawing a salary of more than $96,000 last year."
    So many things wrong with this:
    1. "Climate and culture" teacher? WTF is that and why would a government pay $96k for that?
    2. Teenage boy wanted to stop banging his female teacher? Things have changed since I was a teenage boy.
    3. Prepare for knee-jerk legislation to prevent non-social service agencies from being legal guardians.

  • XenoZooValentine||

    New Jersey Woman can give Florida Man a run for his money.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "Kurt Volker of the McCain Institute has been chosen "

    He's also going to do a movie review every Friday.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Kurt Volker of the McCain Institute has been chosen as the State Department's special representative for Ukraine negotiations.

    You know what other Kraut went into Ukraine?

  • Karen24||

    Catherine the Great?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Frederick the Great?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Rammstein?

  • Citizen X - #6||

  • Rat on a train||

  • Rat on a train||

  • Jerryskids||

    President Trump will be palling around with Vladimir Putin today.

    Probably going out golfing - Trump'll shoot an 18 but Putin'll shoot a 17 and Lil' Kim'll tweet about that time he shot a 1.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    I'm Tired of Watching Brown Men Fall in Love With White Women Onscreen

    I know, I know: isn't it progress to see Asian men get the girl for once, instead of stand-in as a prop, token or joke? Sure, it's great that Hollywood is putting its money behind narratives with brown men at the helm, as in The Big Sick and Master of None. But both also center white women as the love interest—a concept which, in the complex hierarchy of power and race in America, pays lip-service to the one notion that has shaped the history of South Asian and American culture alike: Whiteness as the ultimate desire, the highest goal in defining oneself as an American. Both of these works are part of a larger trend that's common in films in media portraying the desi community, that the pursuit of white love is a mode of acceptance into American culture, and a way of "transcending" the confines of immigrant culture—the notion that white love is a gateway drug to the American dream.

    I've said it before and I will say again: stay with your own kind. It didn't work for Nicole Brown, and it won't work for you.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Yep. Attempting to normalize interracial relationships is racist. Sure, why not.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    And it is supposed to be a great movie, too, but hey, let's focus on race instead.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Great movie or no, sometimes a person just can't.

  • Jerryskids||

    You know, if you're tired of watching brown men fall in love with white women onscreen you can always just go read a book or something. But then you'd be deprived of the pleasure of bitching, wouldn't you? That first line's kind of a tell - it's great to see brown men in leading roles, BUT..... you're still going to bitch and moan that that's not good enough. What the hell makes you think I'd believe for one second that even if brown men got brown women you'd be happy instead of just finding some other shit to bitch about? Bitch, bitch, bitch, it's what makes you happy, isn't it?

  • Meh.||

    I think you're onto something, these are probably the same people who complain that brown women aren't independent and empowered when they do fall in love in movies. But also, the examples she cites, The Big Sick and Master of None, are based on true stories, so I guess she wants to rewrite history to fit her agenda. Everything, Everything and the newest Spiderman both feature brown girls falling in love with white guys, but as you mentioned, some people just aren't happy unless they're complaining.

  • Meh.||

    Re-reading this, I think I missed that the point is about interracial love, not featuring women of color. That's what I get for not reading the article this time...

  • Rhywun||

    Jezebel, blocked to me?! What has this world come to.

    I was going to make a Desi Arnaz joke but now I just can't even.

  • ||

    The women on that site are not well; or at least not well-adjusted.

  • Bubba Jones||

    They have whole shows and even networks dedicated to shows about black people dating black people.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    If you mean BET then I'm pretty sure that channel actually is racist.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    Something I miss about The Boondocks is the constant shit he gave BET.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Need more Asian men/Black Women pairings. Or Chollo/Irish Women pairing. Or Indian man/Cholla pairings.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    RIP Sheila Michaels, the woman who popularized "Ms." in the American lexicon.

    And yet she was named after a man.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Specifically, she was named after Sheila Eugene "Fist" O'Fetiquette, Jr.

  • Rhywun||

    employers wanted to know marital status

    I can't imagine why. Well, except woman-hating patriarchy.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I appreciate her for giving me a single word to politely refer to women of all types. I used to use"Ma'am" but I got too many complaints it made them feel old.

  • ||

    I love "Ms", easy fallback when you don't know marital status.

  • Zeb||

    ElizabethNolanBrown‏Verified account @ENBrown 40m40 minutes ago
    Replying to @LiberalResist

    It has been a rule for decades you lying hysterical fools

    Nice response.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    *sigh*

    She should read The Handmaid's Tale, a book written about what the Republicans want to do to women.

  • Aloysious||

    Heh. Right on.

  • ||

    Except:

    -"Eric DeBlackmere‏ @AstronomerEric 13h13 hours ago
    More
    Replying to @LiberalResist
    It's all about controlling every aspect of a woman's existence. From her health, her career, to even what she is supposed to wear."

    -" Amethystina‏ @wickedlilmis 13h13 hours ago
    More
    I am always heartened to see a man post this stuff. Thank you."

    -"Eric DeBlackmere‏ @AstronomerEric 12h12 hours ago
    More
    Thank you! You're welcome."

    Vomit.

    /ENB Groooooaaaaann.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I appreciate how openly irritated she gets by hysterics.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    FX To Turn Mark Bowden Tet Offensive Chronicle 'Hue 1968' Into Limited Series; Michael Mann & Michael De Luca Producing

    FX has landed rights to turn the Mark Bowden bestseller Hue 1968 into a limited event series that will span eight-10 hours. Michael Mann and Michael De Luca will creatively quarterback the adaptation of Bowden's kaleidoscopic account of the bloody siege that became the turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Mann plans to direct multiple installments of the series,

    It could be the knees.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "Mann plans to direct multiple installments of the series,"

    He'll probably try to make it look like a hockey stick.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    So long as Mann's directing some of 'em. I'm definitely there.

  • Tumbleweed||

    Where'd everybody go? Commentatiat still hiding in their collective (yet individualistic) bunks?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    We don't speak of The Glibbening, dude.

  • Bacon-Magic glib reasonoid||

    Is that like the Fappening but with more fapping?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    No. Worse.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Too many squirrel bites.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    Professional distance runner outpaces two bears while training in Maine woods

    Marube says he froze and engaged in a stare-down with the bears. He says he thought his only option was to run away. "I knew I could not climb up a tree because bears can climb a tree," he said. "The only solution I had at that time was to be able to run."

    He says he ran back toward the vacant house and got inside its screened porch with the bears about 10 yards behind him, screaming as he went. He says the bears just looked at him through the screening and then wandered off. "It's not the house that helped me," he said. "It's God."

    Bears killed one trail runner in Alaska, and mauled another in New Mexico, so I am calling on congress so to speak out against this bear war on runners - it shall not stand!

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "It's not the house that helped me," he said. "It's God."

    The same God that made killer bears?

  • Zeb||

    It's all a rich tapestry.

  • Rhywun||

    But He made them too dumb to figure out how to open a screen door.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I'm amazed the bears didn't just walk straight through the screen. I mean the guy's just standing there screaming. I wonder how a screen gets processed in a bear brain?

  • pan fried wylie||

    They'll knock down a solid door no problem, but a screen door, no way brah, pass. Maybe it's related to how dogs can't process images on TV? Or a camo effect, or the bear eye can't focus through the screen?

  • Zeb||

    Black bears very rarely attack people. I'd bet that they weren't actually trying to attack him. If they had wanted to get through the door, they would have found a way. Bears are pretty good at figuring out how to open things. And a screen door doesn't offer much of an obstacle to a bear.

  • Rhywun||

    And a screen door doesn't offer much of an obstacle to a bear.

    You don't say!

  • Zeb||

    Hey, I don't know what you city people know and don't know about bears!

  • Rhywun||

  • pan fried wylie||

    This is really more about how much one knows about screen doors, not bears.

  • XenoZooValentine||

    "Unless they figure out how to open doors..."

  • Agammamon||

    And for some reason my faith in God, destroyed by the accident that killed my wife years ago, is suddenly restored.

    #WhatATweest!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Bears are pack hunters now? That's not terrifying at all.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Ha. That sounds like a Joe Machi line.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    I blame a dynamic climate and unregulated human-Gaia interaction.

  • XenoZooValentine||

    What an unbalanced encounter. This level scaling is bullshit.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I have a rock that Congress might be interested in.

    He says he ran back toward the vacant house and got inside its screened porch with the bears about 10 yards behind him, screaming as he went.

    Am I supposed to shudder or laugh at this description?

  • Dillinger||

    i want to buy your rock.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He was Kenyan? That wasn't fair to the bears.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Makes more sense then. For whatever reason Americans often lack the good sense to recognize nature is fucking terrifying.

  • pan fried wylie||

    "Lions, tigers, and bears, 'Oh My'. My Dust. As in, eat mine."
    -Kenyan Runner

  • Dillinger||

    even if they get him it's splitting an appetizer

  • Dillinger||

    Bear Tax. Immediately.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Excuse me, but the 2nd Amendment EXPLICITLY preserves the right to bear arms.

  • Dillinger||

    he might believe that.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Conservatives are in an uproar over feminist activist and Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour using the word jihad during a speech.

    Sorry, little lady, but that word's meaning has been taken out of your hands and is now concrete and very triggering. As with so many things, it's not your intent but the inference of others that rules the day. Find another word.

  • damikesc||

    Sorry, little lady, but that word's meaning has been taken out of your hands and is now concrete and very triggering. As with so many things, it's not your intent but the inference of others that rules the day. Find another word.

    I'm betting she --- and the media --- were far less understanding of the "Heritage not Hate" crowd in defense of the Confederate battle flag.

  • Jerryskids||

    "It doesn't actually matter what I say … their blood boils at the mention of my name," Sarsour said of many far-right conservatives. "The irony of these attacks," she said, "is that the very people who claim I follow a violent religion are waging violence on me."

    No, the irony is that you claim their words are violence and your words are not violence because words are not violence. Either both your call for jihad and their call for you to shut up are violence or both are not violence. You don't get to have it both ways.

  • damikesc||

    •Conservatives are in an uproar over feminist activist and Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour using the word jihad during a speech.

    I personally find it amusing that the "empowering" Women's March was headed by a woman advocating total subservience of women to men on behalf of a religion that specifically lists women as being inferior to men.

    You've come a long way.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    She was scheduled to speak longer but had to hurry home to fix her hubby's dinner.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    What else do you find amusing?

  • Rhywun||

    Everybody dial it down. My brain hurts.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    But this one goes to "11".

  • pan fried wylie||

    no, you need CSS for that.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    USF: Improv instructor abused power to coerce students into sex

    Members of the improv comedy group knew the unspoken arrangement: Go along with the persistent sexual advances from the USF instructor who led their club and get special treatment.

    Now a University of South Florida Title 9 investigation has concluded that, under school policy, former adjunct Nicholas Riggs sexually assaulted one student and sexually harassed at least one other, abusing his position to coerce them. One student called him a "puppet master."

    Riggs and his wife, Hannah Prince, then a graduate student, often approached students together, the report found. Over time, consensual sex became murkier as students — male and female — felt manipulated and intimidated under the pressure of Riggs' advances.


    The parent said that by 2014, their son's second year doing improv at USF, he became "more withdrawn, and actually angry about being part of the group." Then in 2015, he told the parent he'd had sex with Riggs and Prince together, which he said was a common occurrence in the club.

    Jeepers, I should have taken more acting classes in college.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    Seriously, their games of silly, stinky, sexy must have been wild.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Keep in mind this is a club activity. Like being in the lawn darts club. The pressure must have been unbearable.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Sexual improv" is the only interest listed on Crusty's Christian Mingle profile.

  • XenoZooValentine||

    "Sexual improv" pretty much describes my entire relationship history.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Yeah, i'm into that. Please don't leave me, i'm so lonely."

  • XenoZooValentine||

    *juggles coconuts seductively*

  • Rhywun||

    They look like fun to me.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Well, the first rule of improv is "Never say no"

  • XenoZooValentine||

    I thought it was "Break a motherfucking leg."

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    "Yes, and" can lead to some dark places.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Acting! ACTING!

    ...and scene.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>the pressure of Riggs' advances

    premise: my naked wife...go!

  • Rebel Scum||

    women's bare-shoulders

    They're just begging for it...

    The dress code has been around for decades

    But it only matters now because TRUMP.

    and also includes strict rules for male attire

    Patriarchy!

  • XenoZooValentine||

    It's actually to protect them from sunburn, because something something climate change.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    President Trump will be palling around with Vladimir Putin today.

    Guise, Ima hella scared rite now.

  • MarkLastname||

    But can you even?

  • Rhywun||

    So yesterday some of us complained that all the links were to WaPo so today we get a teenaged Twitter authority and the Guardian. *shrug*

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Reason writers do listen, but they also sort of hate most of us.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    As they should.

  • Zeb||

    No love for the Coventry Telegraph?

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    First, how dare you insult British tabloids! How dare you!

    Second, supposedly serious publications are covering the shoulder covering story, which unfortunetly makes it an actual story.

  • Zeb||

    As a test of sexism the dress code enforcement, some male reporters should try to enter wearing wifebeaters and sandals.

  • ||

    Good call bro, probably best to skip the 'Suns out, guns out' sleeveless tees until Scalise gets out of the ICU again.

  • Rhywun||

    Newsweek? LOL, they link to Jezebel and their own story about the pay gap nonsense. They jumped the shark at least a decade ago.

  • Number 7||

    this is journalism now. They see a bunch of tweets about something, post something from a web blog that aligns with their position and half the story is just a bunch of tweets. No research, no asking anyone, no journalism, just noise.

  • Meh.||

    Why do you hate diversity, Rhywun?!? But seriously, I like it when they link us to Twitter, because it kind of gives a sense of what the temperature's like out there, how non-journalist laypeople are thinking and responding to current events. Like the first link, pretty much every reply after ENB's was hilarious... yes, I too am heartened when men lie to me to fuel imaginary gender wars.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    I too am heartened when men lie to me to fuel imaginary gender wars.

    Trump and the alt right have declared war on women, and the only space you will be safe from their shoulder-covering ways (which is essentially rape) is in my basement. I will keep you safe. It is a safe space. Because Trump.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    Cue our annual cultural freak-out over sexbots.

    The title for you lazy humps who can't click a link: Sex robots could increase demand for real sex workers, Salvation Army warns

    The Salvation Army has condemned the dawn of sex robots, warning that the technology could increase demand for people trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation.

    The Christian church and charity said so-called "sexbots" would "have a detrimental effect on both existing and potential victims of modern slavery", rather than decrease demand for real sex workers.

    The intervention came after a report on the burgeoning technology gave warnings about the "dark side" of the rapidly advancing technology that could involve issues of rape and paedophilia.

    Kathryn Taylor, of the Salvation Army's anti-trafficking and modern slavery unit said the androids, some of which have sensors responsive to touch and can be programmed with personalities, could encourage sex to be viewed as a "commodity".

    "the Salvation Army's anti-trafficking and modern slavery unit."

    Prof Sharkey, of the University of Sheffield, warned a robot programmed to resist sexual advances was effectively a rape victim and that animate child-like sex robots being manufactured in Japan should be banned from the UK.

    Robot rape? I assume he just binged Westworld.

  • ||

    The Christian church and charity said so-called "sexbots" would "have a detrimental effect on both existing and potential victims of modern slavery", rather than decrease demand for real sex workers.

    Forget the salt mines and monocle-polishing, the next libertarian frontier is clearly forcing your orphans to have unceasing relations with armies of sexbots.

    Repeal the minimum wage for illegal sex slaves! Messican robot-orphan ass-sex and weed or GTFO!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Everyone knows when sex robot 3d printing finally happens that things are gonna get way too weird. Those who fuck human sex robots will be mocked for their lack of imagination.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    How bad has the jihadi situation over in the U.K. gotten? So bad that George Clooney and his lovely wife Amal are moving to Trump's America because they don't feel safe over there.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    Do you go to lifeandstylemag.com for your Mama June updates?

  • Libertarian||

    What she looks like now is jaw dropping.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    I see what you did there. All kidding aside, she truly is a beautiful woman.

    She's also courageous as all hell. She's a Lebanese Druze who got chased out of Lebanon with her family by the exact same kind of lowlife scum that is threatening her life in England now, so she's been dealing with these animals her whole life. She's also one of Julian Assange's lawyers!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That backstory adds a layer of pathos that i'm not sure Honey Boo Boo needed.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    But they don't feel safe because TRUMP!

  • Libertarian||

    So let me get this straight. Not only are lefties not moving to Canada, but they're moving *back* to the States? That breeze you feel is the collective sigh of relief from Canadians.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    How would a public policy of allowing tens of thousands immigrants that do not care to assimilate into England possibly lead to this?

    If only this could have been foreseen.

  • PurityDiluting||

  • Zeb||

    So is debt service a luxury or a necessity?

    The first link seems to assume that all income is spent either on luxuries or necessities. What about savings and investment? Or are those counted in the necessities category?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    debt service is a luxury if it services the purchase of luxury items.

    Also, people aren't wearing enough hats.

  • creech||

    What investments? Everybody knows that only the top 1% own any assets, which they use to exploit the other 99%. Are you suggesting the other 99% start investing so they too can exploit people?

  • Zeb||

    That's my plan.

  • MarkLastname||

    I assumed they meant % of expenditure rather than % of income; they'd lose a big chunk of their audience by including a 4 syllable word though.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    From the first article:

    It's worth noting that by the specialized nomenclature of the dismal science, even eating at McDonald's is a luxury — that is, we do it more as our incomes rise

    I bet cell phones and internet access are also classed as "luxuries," when in fact it's extremely difficult to navigate the modern world without them.

  • Zeb||

    Cell phones and internet are really luxury and necessity at this point. Most people use their phones and internet connections mostly for fun, but not having them does make some important things, like finding and keeping a job, more difficult.

  • Eek Barba Durkle||

    I'm a software tester that has to have his phone in his hand every second at work.

    I never turn it on when I'm off work. If I wasn't tied to it by work, I wouldn't even have one.

    Basically everyone in my life is constantly bitching because I refuse to engage in the leashed society.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Unless they use debt to buy the luxuries.

  • Rebel Scum||

    Cue our annual cultural freak-out over sexbots.

    Sex robot?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzO2mi4uHAs

  • Murray Rothtard||

    https://tinyurl.com/yc2untzd

    sorry for the tiny url. im bad at this. must read article about trump's airstrikes on syria. we knew the whole time there were no chem weapons. we just put on a fireworks show that did nothing in response.

  • Sevo||

    A search says the NYT disagrees, Seymour Hersh, so I'll wait for more evidence.
    While also (I think) agreeing we have no business there at all.

  • Murray Rothtard||

    Hersch has a pretty good record of being right first

    "Hersh first gained recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. In 2004, he notably reported on the US military's mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and five George Polk Awards."

  • Sevo||

    I'm well familiar with Hersh, but Trump has been the target of various 'anonymous' sources for quite a while, so I'll wait to see.
    Do you remember before the first of the year, that the FBI was going to release "details" on the Trump/Russia something or other on "Thursday"?
    They've had about 25 opportunities since then, but I guess they just haven't found the *right* Thursday.

  • Murray Rothtard||

    wait and see is always a good approach. occam's razor has me believing this version of events until i get more info. there's not much logic to either Assad using sarin, or us retaliating in such an ineffective manner.

  • Agammamon||

    The #Resistance crowd and the media that parrots them have convinced scores of social-media dupes that there's a new attack on female freedom in Washington in the form of women's bare-shoulders being banned by Paul Ryan. The dress code has been around for decades, and also includes strict rules for male attire.

    In other words, there's an attack on *freedom in general* in Washington. Because who the fuck is Paul Ryan? None of those elected, and a good chunk of those not, working there simply don't fucking work for Ryan - so why does he have a say in their dress code?

  • Agammamon||

    And, as people like to point out - government is not a business.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Trump administration wants to use the AT&T / Time Warner merger to coerce CNN into being pro-Trump:

    Trump's CNN war could affect decision on approving Time Warner-AT&T merger

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Key word "could". This rumor brought to you by lefty media.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Using threats to coerce silence from lefty CNN == good
    Using threats to coerce silence from righty redditor == bad

    We get it. "libertarians" have no real principles whatsoever, just situationally changing bullshit excuses

  • XenoZooValentine||

    For what it's worth, I think they're both bad. The media's behavior has certainly tested my faith in a marketplace of ideas, but I'm still not convinced that government control of it is the answer. Much as with gun rights, I'd rather not see the actions of some asshole used as an excuse to take free speech away from people who didn't do it.

    Assuming this is actually happening as described, of course, and isn't Trump's enemies seeing what sticks to the wall.

    Maybe now people will realize that needing government approval for mergers (and so many other things) to begin with might have potential for abuse, but I'm not holding my breath. It will likely be forgotten the instant someone more amicable gets the pen and phone.

  • Eek Barba Durkle||

    We get it. "libertarians" have no real principles whatsoever, just situationally changing bullshit excuses

    In what POSSIBLE way is what you wrote here applicable to the post you were responding to?

    Takes some balls to shit all over someone else for an argument they never made...on no, wait, it takes NO balls, and is instead the predominant debating style of dishonest assholes (so, about 95% of online political discussion).

  • MarkLastname||

    Terrible. Next thing ya know he'll be sicking the IRS on groups critical of him.

  • Crusty Juggler > You||

    Did Lena Dunham invent story of her dog Lamby's 'abuse'? Animal shelter says yes.

    Lamby had gone to doggy rehab, a professional facility in Los Angeles called the Zen Dog, and had been readopted by a former trainer with experience handling troubled canines. Dunham wrote on Instagram that Lamby "suffered terrible abuse as a pup" that made it difficult for him to live in a traditional home.

    "Honesty is my jam," she said.

    Ha.

    When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn't crazy," Robert Vazquez, a spokesman for the BARC shelter in New York, told Yahoo in an email.

    Don't worry, our hero clapped back.

    *swoon*

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Honesty is my jam," she said.

    The thought of jam having made her hungry, she wandered into the kitchen and consumed seven entire jars of Smuckers Concord Grape, then fell asleep on the toilet.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'd tell you to quit exageratting, but sadly there is video of the entire thing.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    One of the jars got stuck on her hand, and she just left it there.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    That's just being reasonable. We knows and she knows that she'll be going back for more when she wakes up.

  • Meh.||

    I'm not a fanatical animal rights activist, but I absolutely hate it when people adopt an animal and then decide it's too much work and return it (I know Lamby allegedly went to "doggy rehab", but come on, for this long?). Next thing you know, she's going to be telling us that Lamby couldn't be rehabbed and he got a home that could better provide for him or something. Adopting an animal, especially a rescue animal that may have behavioral issues, is a huge commitment. It just annoys me to see people get caught up the cuteness and the whole "rescue" narrative and then decide later that they actually don't want to care for this life that's dependent on them anymore.

  • ||

    I'm not a fanatical animal rights activist, but I absolutely hate it when people adopt an animal and then decide it's too much work and return it.

    So, hypothetically, if I get a dog that's untrainable or won't shut the hell up or whatever, and put it in the ground myself, you're cool with it? The problem isn't exactly the morality of living/killing animals but committing to a contract you can't fullfill? Asking for a friend.

  • Meh.||

    Hmm, well, I don't know the specifics of your friend's situation and why killing the animal would be the best solution; and without knowing all the details, I'd say, sure, giving it back to the shelter is preferable if those are the only two options. There probably are some exceptionally violent dogs that deserve to be put down because they're menaces to society, But my point was, a lot of these issues are preventable proactively, by learning about the animal's background and temperament from the shelter staff and spending time with it to kind of get a feel for yourself. The point still stands that potential adopters need to really think through all the potential issues associated with caring for a previously abused animal, including the fact that its behavior might not improve, instead of just focusing on the warm and fuzzy feeling they get from thinking they rescued it.

  • ||

    The point still stands that potential adopters need to really think through all the potential issues associated with caring for a previously abused animal, including the fact that its behavior might not improve, instead of just focusing on the warm and fuzzy feeling they get from thinking they rescued it.

    I wasn't exactly refuting your point. Just that, even around these forums, definitions of abuse and any/all moral implications vary widely. Being clear, I think we're on the same side of generally preferring to preserve life and/or prevent excessive reproduction when we can and that an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure. I was more clarifying that for many, even the shelter itself is a layer of warm-fuzzy moralist scapegoating. I wouldn't force people to spend their money one way or the other and understand that I'm glossing over a lot of the details in any quid pro quo, but I don't see spending $8 for a shelter to keep a dog that no one will adopt alive (or $16 for two, one of which gets adopted) vs. (e.g.) giving some homeless kid a winter jacket as an intrinsic moral good.

  • Zeb||

    Yeah, people need to think about that stuff. Lots of people love their screwed up rescue dogs (not to say that all rescue dogs are screwed up, but many are). I know I wouldn't have the patience for a dog with behavioral problems like that, so if I wanted a dog, I'd get a puppy that I could train and socialize properly.

    People who don't train their dogs really annoy me. Especially when they think it's fine to take them places and let them run amok.

  • Rhywun||

    What a horrible person she is. And of course the shitheels at WaPo try desperately to spin it in her favor.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I'm starting to think she's a bit of a garbage human being.

  • XenoZooValentine||

    Obligatory: That was my nickname back in college!

    I guess we shouldn't be surprised that VidCon was almost as much of a dumpster fire as YouTube. I mean, they're ugly, and blue collar as fuck, and don't even know who I am.

  • Number 7||

    It's like her whole life is a meme. I really don't think she's ever had a thought or done anything that wasn't just a snapchat post. I actually wonder if she exists or if she is a social media construct.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I don't think that. I do believe she thinks about things, I just believe it comes from a sheltered viewpoint that her nonsense just comes off as vapid. But I do believe she's thinking within the framework of being a rich, white, New York Party Girl.

  • Sevo||

    Moonbeam's watermelons, or one INFLATED ego:

    "California's governor is ramping up his battle with Trump by inviting 'the whole world' to a climate summit"
    [...]
    " According to The New York Times, Brown plans to issue a global invitation via a video address at a festival in Hamburg, Germany. A preview of the video was obtained by the Times.

    "Look, it's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change," Brown will say in the address."
    http://www.businessinsider.com.....mit-2017-7

    Maybe someone can get him to explain how this didn't quite work out:
    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/jer.....e-not-hoax

  • Rhywun||

    The festival where his video will be shown was organized by the nonprofit Global Citizen. It will feature big-name music acts like Coldplay and Shakira, as well as leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri. Thousands are expected to attend the event, which is meant to pressure governments to address poverty and inequality.

    You can't make this stuff up.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    He's like a skinny Al Gore.

  • Sevo||

    With less cred; did you read the second link on how (glub, glub) California in now in a permanent drought?

  • Libertarian||

    Read the following at PJ Media this a.m. (it's not new) and thought it was great. And DeBlasio is in Germany protesting against Trump. Classy.


    "Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg used to offer all sorts of cosmic advice on the evils of smoking and the dangers of fatty foods and sugary soft drinks. Bloomberg also frequently pontificated on abortion and global warming, earning him a progressive audience that transcended the boroughs of New York.

    But in the near-record December 2010 blizzard, Bloomberg proved utterly incompetent in the elemental tasks for which he was elected: ensuring that New Yorkers were not trapped in their homes by snowdrifts in their streets that went unplowed for days.

    "The Bloomberg syndrome is a characteristic of contemporary government officials. When they are unwilling or unable to address pre-modern problems in their jurisdictions — crime, crumbling infrastructure, inadequate transportation — they compensate by posing as philosopher kings who cheaply lecture on existential challenges over which they have no control.

  • Libertarian||

    Meanwhile on the west coast, "Schwarzenegger's successor, Jerry Brown, warned of climate change and permanent drought and did not authorize the construction of a single reservoir. Now, California is experiencing near-record rain and snowfall. Had the state simply completed its half-century-old water master plan, dozens of new reservoirs would now be storing the runoff, ensuring that the state could be drought-proof for years…Governors who cannot build a reservoir have little business fantasizing about 200-mph super trains."

  • Sevo||

    Moonbeam was Guv in the '70s, the last 'big' CA drought. He proposed 'lower expectations'.
    He has been very near the levers of power ever since, as the CA population has doubled, and has done NOTHING about adding to the water storage capacity of CA in the entire time. NOTHING! Not one damn thing.
    The last drought was not a 'natural disaster', it was a human disaster, designed by assholes like moonbeam.
    When thinking about him it helps if you keep in mind he is a failed Jesuit; it's quite clear that he considers himself as barer of the message that we are all sinners, deserving of hair shirts, and only he and his companion priests can save us from eternal damnation!
    But we must REPENT!

  • Rhywun||

    they compensate by posing as philosopher kings who cheaply lecture on existential challenges over which they have no control

    This has been the story of Deblasio's entire reign. Remember when he followed the Trump campaign around like a lost puppy looking to be patted on the head and everyone ignored him?

  • Rhywun||

    Trump Clinton

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    We just had another train derailment in NYC last night, too. Heckuva job, DeBlazzy.

  • Rhywun||

    To be fair, those tracks are owned by Amtrak. "Not my fault!"

  • XenoZooValentine||

    I like how relieved we are these days when it turns out to be just the usual negligence and incompetence.

  • Libertarian||

    "it's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization"

    I'll give up my gin and tonics when you pry my cold, dead hands away from the glass.

  • Rebel Scum||

    Conservatives are in an uproar over feminist activist and Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour using the word jihad during a speech.

    To be fair, she DID say:

    "Our number one priority is to protect our community, it is not to assimilate and to please any other people in authority...Our top priority is to please Allah, and only Allah."

    So no assimilation as normal immigrants do. And how exactly does one "please Allah"?

  • Rhywun||

    By letting your husband smack you around?

  • ||

    Just to be on the safe side, it's probably best not to interfere with the beating of his four other wives too.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    And how exactly does one "please Allah"?

    By forcing others to convert to Islam, collecting the jizya tax from those who don't want to, and cutting the throats of those who won't submit to either choice.

  • John Thacker||

    I don't have a problem with such a use of jihad, a word that has many meanings (though obviously people shouldn't get similarly upset about "crusade," which is similar.) I do, however, dislike Linda Sarsour's endorsement of terrorist bombers. Opposing US-led wars doesn't mean that I support the other side bombing.

    Just as weird are people freaking out over the phrase "Western civilization" in a Trump speech. Invoking Western civilization isn't a problem; the problem is that Trump has no regard for the liberal principles that distinguish Western Civilization.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    I love honesty, and this honest woman speaks for virtually the entire left now.

    These nutters hate America so much that they've taken the side of these vicious throat-cutters over their own country. They've the lefty modern equivalent of the German-American Bund.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Useful idiots of the Islamic Revolution to take the World back to the 12th Century.

  • ||

    I don't have a problem with such a use of jihad, a word that has many meanings (though obviously people shouldn't get similarly upset about "crusade," which is similar.)
    ...
    Just as weird are people freaking out over the phrase "Western civilization" in a Trump speech.

    The conflagration of the two/three concepts seems to be exceedingly sloppy thinking. The Crusades, while violent, were brought about (quite arguably in retaliation) by bastardizing the scripture in justification. While not an explicit requirement of Western Civilization, moral and/or punitive wars are certainly a recurring theme. Jihad, OTOH, is an explicit and violent struggle outlined by Mohammed in the Quran.

    Anybody can connect the dots any way they want, but to deny that The West, Christianity, and violence are conceptually further apart than Islam and violent Jihad is idiocy. I agree that there's an abstract and concrete use of the notions of 'crusade', 'jihad', and 'the west' and that people get bent out of shape over them. There's little to suggest that the use of Jihad, in this context, isn't at least partially, if not entirely, literal. Maybe ask it this way, if Trump (or part of his cadre), with all of his haphazardness, declared an unofficial 'War On Islam' would we be deferring to the presumption of non-violence equivalently? I mean, the War On Drugs was a metaphorical war, right?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Why call it "violent jihad" when you just said jihad is inherently violent?

    Her point was that jihad means struggle, and claims that the highest struggle is speaking truth to power. Maybe her interpretation is wrong or tortured or a lie, but she was clear about what she was saying. She didn't call for "jihad" and then later coyly say that it was a totally innocent call for non-violent resistance.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    One thing about the "jihad" is you think of baking cookies when some religious nut declares jihad or puts a fatwa on you.

    Religious nuts please just die already. Go get your 72 virgins or eternal glory with God or whatever. Because it would not be cruel for a God to force 72 girls to stay virgins just for you and be your slave. And it would not be eternal glory to find yourself alone in heaven without family because they didn't make the cut.

  • ||

    Maybe her interpretation is wrong or tortured or a lie, but she was clear about what she was saying. She didn't call for "jihad" and then later coyly say that it was a totally innocent call for non-violent resistance.

    OK, maybe a more concise retort would make more sense; she uses the word Jihad, are the conservative media sources specifically putting the words violent Jihad into her mouth or is everybody playing exceedingly fast and loose with the English (and Arabic) language(s) and it's only foul when conservatives do so in a publicly non-violent manner?

    Everything I've read suggests that both sides are fully aware of the multi-faceted definition of the word and are letting the chips fall where they may.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Everybody is being hysterical and dishonest, and no, it's not only foul when conservatives do it.

  • Rhywun||

    the War On Drugs was a metaphorical war, right?

    Mexico and Afghanistan, among others, might not agree

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Nor would most residents of American inner cities. Not to mention any number Appalachian hill-folk and owners of particular businesses in California.

  • damikesc||

    Should Ron be discussing Michael Mann's pending contempt of court loss in Canada for refusing to turn over his temperature data during a suit he filed against Tim Ball? Seems like a big deal for one of climate market's biggest names to refuse to turn over data, even if it will cost him substantially, no?

  • Domestic Dissident||

    The thing is, "Piltdown" Mann can't produce the raw temperature data, because it doesn't even exist anymore! He and the rest of the cabal of ClimateGate con men destroyed it all back a few years ago so nobody could see any of it, ever.
    Of course, there's no way he can ever publicly admit that to that the world, so he has no choice but to take the contempt of court rap.

    Frankly, the man is pretty fuckin' stupid, and he's painted himself into a corner from which he has no way out.

  • Dillinger||

    I demand Elizabeth Warren's bare shoulders.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    +10 or 12 hairy liverspotted keloids

  • Dillinger||

    those Cherokee delts...yum

  • Sevo||

    "...those Cherokee delts..."

    My uncle played kicker for them, won the North Snakesnavel Bowl with a field-goal in '53, I think.

  • Dillinger||

    Snakesnavel...i like it.

  • Sevo||

    The SF Chron has a new columnist covering (supposedly) the East Bay. actually Oakland; he's a 'Bro' with deads but with black-rimmed glasses for the tech cred.
    Anyhow, he's always got some new "solution" to the "problems" here in the bay area, almost always ones which no on has thought of before! His idea concerning housing costs is brilliant: free rent!
    So today we have (paywalled)
    "Nonprofit connects families in need, volunteers with spare rooms"
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/otis-taylor/
    Yes, if you have a 'spare room', you simply contact these folks and someone you know practically nothing about will come and share your abode with you. For 'a while' ("Man, I just can't find another free place to live. Quit beating on me"). And maybe with some of their 'friends' who may be 'turning their lives around' just as soon as....
    You first, Otis.

  • damikesc||

    Anyhow, he's always got some new "solution" to the "problems" here in the bay area, almost always ones which no on has thought of before! His idea concerning housing costs is brilliant: free rent!
    So today we have (paywalled)
    "Nonprofit connects families in need, volunteers with spare rooms"
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/otis-taylor/
    Yes, if you have a 'spare room', you simply contact these folks and someone you know practically nothing about will come and share your abode with you. For 'a while' ("Man, I just can't find another free place to live. Quit beating on me"). And maybe with some of their 'friends' who may be 'turning their lives around' just as soon as....
    You first, Otis.

    Aren't these the same goobers who oppose airbnb? Because renting out your property for money causes housing shortages but giving it away for free does not?

  • Rhywun||

    That guy looks !angry!.

  • Rhywun||

    Now she's fighting to afford to live in the Bay Area.

    Keep making smart choices like being a single mother and you'll get there.

  • Sevo||

    As an added bonus, if this is in SF, and she stays there for 30 days, she has now established residence in a 'rent controlled' apartment, with the rent established at zero, AFAICT. Now imagine the landlord allowed to raise the rent by 3.5%. Of zero.
    Further, she has free legal support to avoid any eviction.
    Hey, sucka! Wanna get the good feelz with that spare room?
    Hahahahahhahhhaha....

  • Rhywun||

    That's funny if that's how it turns out.

    I have actual friends whom I would not allow to stay with me... I can't imagine being stupid enough to put someone off the street into my spare bedroom.

  • Lowdog||

    Don't know all the details, but my sister had a crazy woman squatting at her place on Treasure Island until she bailed and moved to Hawaii. She was my sister's roomate, but I believe the lady just stopped paying her share of the rent/bills. My sister couldn't kick her out, because, hey, it's San Francisco!

    Sounds like Otis is trying to get people to stick it to those dirty rich by squatting at their house. Very progressive.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm not offended by that idea in anyway. People can do whatever they want with their rooms.

    But in the long run, this is probably not a meaningful solution to housing shortages.

  • Robert||

    I thought it was Walt Kelly popularized "Miz".

  • Robert||

    Aside from his input, I'd been pronouncing "Ms." as "Muss". I tend to use a short "u" sound for missing vowels. "Lubs" for "lbs.", etc. Eliott Werner didn't like the way I pronounced ".cnt".

  • Rhywun||

    Where I was schooled, the kids who weren't very careful with their speech pronounced "Mrs.", "Ms.", as "Miss" all as "Miss".

  • XenoZooValentine||

    Given that I will still fuck it up if I try to say "missus" or "mizz" or however they're pronounced, I still do that.

    It probably doesn't help that I actively avoid speaking to people and never get any practice.

    I'm not antisocial, dammit. People just scare the fuck out of me.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I definitely pronounce the last two the same. It's interesting to see regional pronunciations. Like my dad's surprise that I pronounce Merry, Marry, and Mary all the same.

  • Voxpo||

    Was it really necessary to link to some random Trump fanboy's Twitter feed (item #1)? What an unimpressive destination.

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