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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Set your clocks to ENB Time.

  • ||

    Hello.

    Boss (taps watch): Ms. Brown....
    Brown (teasing hair): I know, I know.
    Boss: Brush your hair on your own time!
    Brown: But my dog ate my best brush and...
    Boss: Save it. Next time you'll be filling the condiments boxes for a month! Now git! Those burgers won't flip themselves!

    / short pause. Narrows gaze.

    Boss: ....or will they?

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    At least it wasn't posted at 9:11.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown|October 18, 2017 9:12 am

    AHEM.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017

    And let the outrage begin anew.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    It's good to know where the Executive's priorities are.

  • sarcasmic||

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."

    -Mark Twain

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Amen.

  • ||

    If this country isn't about forcing people to do things they don't want to do, what exactly is it about?

  • Rhywun||

    The NFL is entirely within its rights to demand a certain behavior from its workers. It would not be "the country" telling them do anything.

  • ||

    If the NFL wanted to respect our great country, it would follow our great country's lead and force those players to kneel, goddamit.

    A great country doesn't need rogue entertainment businesses acting all willy-nilly.

  • Rhywun||

    I read that in the voice of "country lawyer" for some reason.

  • damikesc||

    If this country isn't about forcing people to do things they don't want to do, what exactly is it about?

    The country wouldn't force anybody to do anything anymore than the NFL's other draconian rules on "expression" are from the government.

    Goodell has done a lot to obliterate the NFL. I know I kicked my habit of watching and, now, am rooting HARD for the concussion suits to kill the league.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Trump administration officials have been circulating a document suggesting that free trade agreements increase infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, and abortion.

    Free trade agreements are a floor wax AND a dessert topping!

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    In my experience, dessert toppings make a great floor wax. Or at least hazardous surface conditions.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    A big fan of ants, are you?

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    They clean your house for free!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I'm beginning to understand why your love life is such a depressing shambles.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Trumpistas forgot that a decreased USA manufacturing base also causes...

    Sunspots

    Halitosis

    Whale lice

    Global warming panics

    The sky to fall down

    Ships lost over the edges of the Seven Seas

    Upticks in witches, werewolves, and vampire populations

    Baby unicorns are starving!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Upticks in witches, werewolves, and vampire populations

    This is actually true in NWoD.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement promises to drastically ramp-up workplace raids.

    They've been finding doughnuts in the break rooms.

  • Conchfritters||

    12 minutes late and not one sex link in sight.

  • Conchfritters||

    Never mind - The Hill article includes Backpage. Faith restored.

  • sarcasmic||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Trump administration officials have been circulating a document suggesting that free trade agreements increase infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, and abortion.

    When everyone knows it's Climate Change that's been doing that.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS CAUSE CLIMATE CHANGE TOO. So there.

  • gaoxiaen||

    No shit. When the steel mills around Pittsburgh closed down and everybody lost their jobs and houses, the divorce rate skyrocketed and people couldn't afford more kids.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Oh, please. Those things all happen when the Steelers lose, too.

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    But the rest of the country benefited from cheaper foreign steel. Why should we subsidize Pittsburg through higher steel prices?

  • ||

    Ravens fan, eh?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Love is priceless, shitbird.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A federal judge issued a second halt on President Trump's travel ban, "asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban."

    If judges can ignore the actual text in legislation surely they can unfollow Trump on Twitter.

  • Mickey Rat||

    It is the new approach to the law, intentions are paramount, what it actually says and does is unimportant.

  • Rat on a train||

    It is easier that way. Why do you want to make a public servant's job so difficult?

  • Rhywun||

    in some ways, Chuang's ruling was more personally cutting to Trump

    Well, that is the point.

  • Conchfritters||

    "Newscom
    Trump administration officials have been circulating a document suggesting that free trade agreements increase infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, and abortion.

    Don't forget beastiality and cancer. If you are going to go full bat shit, might as well go all the way.

  • Rat on a train||

    But not incest. Protectionist policies provide fewer options for your kin.

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    Game of Thrones is making incest great again.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    NO SPOILERS.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I mean if my nephew was Jon Snow... Forgetabouit.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    HV² is into short, pouty fellows, apparently.

  • Aloysious||

    talking trade or causing infertility?

    Erectile dysfunction. Looking at that picture made me turtle right up.

  • Aloysious||

  • ||

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement promises to drastically ramp-up workplace raids.

    I've been told that illegal aliens are here because they want to get on welfare. So why are we so worried about them having jobs?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Simple - they're stealing American jobs AND they're on welfare because those jobs don't pay shit.

    Did i cover enough populist bases?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Add in "jobs don't pay enough to pay for rising medical costs."

  • Rhywun||

    Trump administration officials have been circulating a document suggesting that free trade agreements increase infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, and abortion.
    White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the matter said.

    One is your headline, one is from the article. Which is it?

  • Mickey Rat||

    One for clickbait, one to cover their assees from libel.

  • Calidissident||

    I can't read the article due to paywall, but if the argument or implication is that free trade causes a weakened manufacturing sector (which would be far from a surprising position from the Trump White House) is it not effectively saying that?

  • Mickey Rat||

    It is a sensationalist way to describe it, the Ben Kenobi approach to the truth.

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    Wjy is Trump so obsessed with the manufacturing sector? Did he see some burly American in overalls pour steel when he was a kid, and got his first erection on the same day?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    The making of stuff is a major nostalgia hobgoblin in American populist thought.

  • Chipper Morning, Mean Girl||

    I figure, the richer a person is, the less they have to make their own stuff. Why shouldn't it be the same for countries?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Also, "Stuff that lasts." Which is super gay, because I don't actually want to pay 5 times more for my hobby horse so my gay ass kids can have it later.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Maybe because they are a core part of the people who voted for him?

  • Stormy Dragon||

    It was those "Like a rock" Chevy Truck ads from the early 90s. He just wants America to be like a rock, which means more people driving scrap metal, rocks, and tool boxes around in pickups.

    Free trade people just want to be "Like a cuck" /sarc

  • Libertarian||

    Just looked at the Dow. I guess people want to know when stocks will recover. My first pass guess is never.

  • Jerryskids||

    Trump administration officials have been circulating a document suggesting that free trade agreements increase infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, and abortion.

    Trump administration officials have been circulating a document suggesting that free trade agreements increase infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, and abortion.

    Shit. I got nothing that's going to make that any funnier or surreal. Free trade makes its losers worse off - poverty and its discontents lead to infertility, divorce, spousal abuse, abortion, drug and alcohol addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, diarrhea and skin rashes - but its winners are better off and less prone to all that stuff. Free trade creates a hell of a lot more winners than losers. Here I thought Trump liked winners and he's championing the losers? Sad.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    To be fair, the line is not "free trade" - it's "free trade agreements," which could theoretically be but usually aren't the same thing.

  • ||

    Dude, you don't need to be so nice to the alt-right dipshits. They won't return the favor.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I'm nice to everybody, dumbass!

  • BYODB||

    I would agree that's technically correct, and I would also agree that's almost definitely not what the Trump administration means. Who knows though, I left my Trump Decoder Ring at home.

  • ||

    The seen vs. the unseen.

  • damikesc||

    Trump needs to just ignore that judge and tell him to go fuck off. The judge is violating the Constitution by using his interpretation of things not in the legislation to disapprove.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!

    Also, we need to eject all the fans in line at the food stands instead of standing respectfully at their seats until the anthem is over. And house cameras to make sure everyone watching at home stands up. Total disrespect for our great country!

  • damikesc||

    No, the government doesn't need to do anything.

    The entertainment at large is committing suicide now. It's quite amusing to watch the NFL alienate its base. Late night comedians basically decide to ignore half of their potential audience when their audience is ALREADY tiny. Middle aged bigoted rappers trying to alienate some of their audience when CD sales have been tanking for years.

  • damikesc||

    Sorry, Eminem isn't a rapper.

    He is a rappist.

    I've learned that they have being referred to as such.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    A federal judge issued a second halt on President Trump's travel ban, "asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban."

    Most blatant judicial activism I've ever seen.

  • Brandybuck||

    The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!

    Because white owners must force their black workers to stand. Don't let them get uppity and shit.

  • BYODB||

    Now that you mention it, should we be pushing for more white guys and Asians on NFL teams?

    Nah, I can't be bothered to give a shit.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I think there's room for Asians in football now that the game has shifted to agility > speed (or just as viable). There are bigger more muscular Asians than Danny Woodhead.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Team should get on that. Good international publicity. Apparently by far the most popular Basketball team in China is the Rockets simply because of Yao Ming.

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