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  • The voters of Alabama have elected Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, with massive turnout from black Alabamans who overwhelmingly backed Jones—98 percent of black female women and 93 percent of black men, according to CNN exit polls. A majority of white voters, including 63 percent of white women and 72 percent of white men, backed Roy Moore, who has not conceded and is calling for a recount.
  • A federal court has banned former House Speaker Dennis Hastert from spending time alone with children. The 75-year-old Illinois Republican must also consent to monitoring software on his computers, submit to searches on demand, get prior approval before using any device with internet access.
  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to announce longtime Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as his pick for Al Franken's replacement in the U.S. Senate.
  • A federal judge indicated that he's likely to grant a preliminary injunction on the Trump administration's new contraception-mandate rules.
  • "The petition is forcing us [to question] how we look at art. Is our lens ethical? Are we always compelled to make a moral judgment on either the painter or the subject of the painting?"
  • Conor Friedersdorf on overestimating the harms of hateful speech on college campuses.
  • Is what we're witnessing right now a generational shift in thinking about sexual harassment, and perhaps workplace environment overall? Or is this more about how technology has impacted responses to allegations of bad behavior?

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  • ||

    Hello.

    Celebrities are such shitheads.

  • paranoid android||

    Addled by the years of dementia and huffing glue though he is, Mikey's reaction here is important to listen to, because I fear it will be the standard take from the hardcore Trumpites. No introspection, no wondering what kind of damage hitching your wagon to idiots like Trump and Moore will do in the long term, just petulant whining and vicious anger.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    It's amazing how wrong your posts can be.

  • Mike Laursen||

    It's alright, Diss. Lots of people have trouble understanding nuance.

    There isn't a lot of it in American politics, so it's hard to get any practice.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If you can't rely on Alabama voters...

  • SIV||

    North Korea hacked the election.

  • Rich||

    Or Alabania.

  • Juice||

    Lot of dyslexics there.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It's my gift to the world.

  • Zeb||

    You can always rely on Domestic Dissident.

  • MarkLastname||

    I blame his Jew Lawyer for not handling those accusations better.

  • Bee Tagger||

    must also consent to monitoring software on his computers

    Mustn't we all, truly?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to announce longtime Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as his pick for Al Franken's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

    Check her groping history.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A federal judge indicated that he's likely to grant a preliminary injunction on the Trump administration's new contraception-mandate rules.

    Cock block blocked.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Are we always compelled to make a moral judgment on either the painter or the subject of the painting?

    If we want to engage on social media: yes.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Any Rand thought so.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    The voters of Alabama have elected Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate

    Simple Mikey's dog hardest hit, literally.

  • sarcasmic||

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating haggis.

  • sarcasmic||

    I would. Sorry, but lung and kidney stuffed entrails are crossing the line.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I mean, she might have to go brush her teeth after. But still.

  • sarcasmic||

    You ever smelled that stuff? I like liver and will eat heart if it is offered, but I draw the line at intestines.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    But still!

  • sarcasmic||

    Just because she's got the brogue doesn't mean she eats organs. Not like either of us will ever find out.

  • sarcasmic||

    busted

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    More tripas and menudo for me.

    Give me heart, brain, eye, tongue, liver, stomach, intestines. Let's do it. Only thing I strongly dislike is kidney.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    BUCS sees an attractive young lady in fancy clothes. "No thanks," says he, "i'll just have some of that organ meat."

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Man, vore fans ruin everything.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Vore? No, dude, i'm just pointing out that, in a situation of Karen Gillan and haggis, you're focusing on the wrong side of the equation.

  • sarcasmic||

    BUCS... Zimmern or Bourdain?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Looks like Zimmern, has the drug habits of Bourdain.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    But uglier, and with completely discerning tastes.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    If that "vore" part was an actual question about what it means, don't google it.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I may not have spent my formative years steeping in the nastiest permutations of exhibitionist sexuality, but i do know what vore is.

    I'm hoping somebody else googles it, though.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I would if she refused to share.

  • sarcasmic||

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Where is John lately?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Working on further restricting the freedom of American citizens?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Using his mind-reading powers to insult someone on the internet with misspelled words?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    He disappeared again shortly after blowing up at me for comparing him, accurately, to Tony. I feel kinda bad, but also kinda not.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    You'd think he would be used to it now, after how many years of "Red Tony."

    It is amazing how closely his arguments mirror Tony's. Situationally, of course; he'll try to stick to libertarian dogma, but when it clashes with a conservative position, out comes the talk of authoritarian libertarians who think they know better than everyone.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    He's always made it pretty explicit that he is a conservative, NOT a libertarian, and interested in libertarianism only so far as it intersects with certain conservative positions. The conservative take on human nature is pretty rooted in the same Hobbesian viewpoint as the progressive one, and has a similarly dim opinion of the inalianableness of certain rights, though obviously conservatism and progressivism differ greatly on how best the State ought to mitigate human nature.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm not sure how so many people here manage to synthesize the stance that they are libertarian with authoritarian belief systems. It's sadly prevalent.

    I won't even talk about the most contentious issue, immigration. I think you can be against open-borders and still relatively libertarian. I may disagree, but I think there is room to argue there.

    But I see a lot shit that's straight up "Government needs to enact change X for social betterment." Which, as X noted, then only a difference in methodology from progressivism.

  • Zeb||

    I don't think that dress was the best choice. Should have gone with the sexy cop outfit from Dr. Who.

  • jcw||

    This post mentioned Roy Moore. Get ready for 400+ comments.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Is what we're witnessing right now a generational shift in thinking about sexual harassment, and perhaps workplace environment overall? Or is this more about how technology has impacted responses to allegations of bad behavior?

    It's mostly a product of the current outrage porn addiction in social media, with some positive and negative side effects.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to announce longtime Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as his pick for Al Franken's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

    That's governor-speak for "i cannot tolerate working with her anymore."

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    Heh. Excellent!

  • Rich||

    get prior approval before using any device with internet access.

    "Alexa, please get me my approval again."

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "I'm sorry, Dennis, but i don't feel comfortable answering your queries."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...get prior approval before using any device with internet access.

    He's never going to get a firsties.

  • jcw||

    Jew haters? Is that description enough for you? Or are you requiring the word brown to be used?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    You have such weird fetishes.

  • chemjeff||

    And if they turn out to be Arab-looking Muslims, what are you going to do? Huh DD? Let me guess. Denounce Muslims and Islam and hold an entire religion responsible for the acts of a few. Gee, I wonder why newspapers don't rush to publish these names and pictures...

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Well, i doubt it's just because it makes some pre-hominid in Illinois mad.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    But if it is NOT then he will admit he was wrong.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Yes, Simple Mikey is the pinnacle of class and forthrightness.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    It is known.

  • ||

    Oh, I can take a guess.

  • Rich||

    Wait, wait , don't tell me!

  • Libertarian||

    -1 NPR game shows

  • Rich||

    "What do you mean -- 'people'?"

    "There is no place for anti-Semitism in our Swedish society."

    "What do you mean -- 'our Swedish society'?"

  • Zeb||

    Those nasty musslemen again, no doubt. Either that or a black metal band. But they usually burn down churches, I think.

  • Juice||

    Naturally, we get no names or descriptions at all of these "people".

    As it should be.

  • Rich||

    Re: the art link -- Both brothers have some kind of intellectual investment in toppling the existing order of things, especially in the realm of human sexuality.

    Seems like most progs would be down with that.

  • Briggie||

    All the people on social media this morning saying "Alabama has turned blue!" Or "If Alabama can vote for a democrat, then smattering is possible!" As if this portends an enormous democratic turn around. Lol.

    If it was literally anyone else, they would have lost by double digit points.

  • Briggie||

    Smattering -> anything

  • Eidde||

    Before the election: "People of good will, Republican and Democrat, must unite against Moore, who is beyond the pale for either party"

    After the election: "Democrats win, OMG, this is great!"

  • Briggie||

    Reddit is even worse.

    "I now have faith in Alabama!"
    "Alabama did good today!"

    How charitable of them. Smug asses. Also the term is only till 2020. He will be the Scott Brown of Alabama.

  • MarkLastname||

    These people, people like Tony, hate people from Alabama with a passion. They did two days ago and they will again in another two days after they forget about this election.

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    There are no unpopular candidates, there is only Russian meddling

  • Rich||

    willingly allow our environment to be suffused with hatred, threats, and violence

    Kumbaya, mofo!

  • Rich||

    Are we always compelled to make a moral judgment on either the painter or the subject of the painting?

    1) Not yet.

    2) "I may not know art, but I know what I don't like about either the painter or the subject of the painting."

  • Inigo Montoya||

    Appreciating art is about making about aesthetic judgements, not moral ones.

    Take films, for example. I have to admit my opinion of Kevin Spacey as a person went way down recently, but do I still admire his acting skill? Sure. Do I still think Tbe Usual Suspects is one of the best films of all time? Definitely.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He sucked in that movie. Did you even see the ending? Fucking Spacey forgets his character has a limp right at the end. When being crippled is such a major character traits throughout. It's embarrassing.

  • Briggie||

    Forget the /s?

  • Inigo Montoya||

    *SPOILER ALERT*

    Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but if you are serious, BUCS, you need to watch it again.

    He was a con artist and almost the entire narrative is a con. Keep in mind that most of what we see on the screen is a dramatization of what Verbal Kint is TELLING the U.S. Customs agent. None of it may have actually happened that way, or even happened at all -- it is just the story he's telling.

    When the camera follow the Custom's guy's gaze around the office, he starts noticing all the little hints that Kint was making things up as he went along. Entire characters, like the fence Redfoot and Kaiser Soze's attorney Kobayashi, were just invented from words Kint spotted in the office. (That also explains the "bad casting" of Peter Postlewaite as a supposedly Japanese guy.)

    Kint "forgets" his limp when no one is watching because he never had a limp to begin with. The entire characterization of both "Verbal Kint" and "Kaiser Soze" were inventions of a master con man. In fact, the word "Soze" in Turkish apparently means "someone who talks a lot" -- i.e. "verbal."

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Oh my god.

  • Colossal Douchebag||

    He was being sarcastic.

  • EscherEnigma||

    Appreciating art is about making about aesthetic judgements, not moral ones.
    Cool story.

    It's still acceptable to choose to not patronize someone because they themselves are distasteful to you in some way.

  • Will M.||

    Yeah, that really wasn't the point.

  • MarkLastname||

    But it isn't acceptable to mandate museums to add a plaque noting your distaste for the artist.

  • Eidde||

    "98 percent of black female women"

    As opposed to trans women?

  • Rich||

    No, as opposed to black African-American female women.

  • Eidde||

    I guess you can't be too careful to be sensitive.

  • Rich||

    You can't be two (2) careful.

    /legalese

  • Eidde||

    Is the Metropolitan Museum a private institution? Does it rely on voluntary support from patrons? If yes, then it should be able to choose its own exhibits, even to drop a painting the public, or a portion of it, wants dropped.

  • Zeb||

    Sure it can do that. Any everyone else can have an opinion on how dumb it is or what it means for the culture.

  • EscherEnigma||

    Yep.

    But if you keep complaining about the choices of the "Free Market", you shouldn't be surprised that folks don't think you're all that serious about it.

  • Zeb||

    Nah, the complaining and opinion having is an essential part of the market.

  • SIV||


    "The petition is forcing us [to question] how we look at art. Is our lens ethical? Are we always compelled to make a moral judgment on either the painter or the subject of the painting?"

    Reduced to its essence, feminism is nothing more than a fear and hatred of female sexual competition.

  • Rich||

    That's not funny, and you just don't get it.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Let The Finger Pointing Begin! Hannity Blames McConnell For Roy Moore Loss

    Mitch McConnell is a liberal traitor that I hope to run out of Washington, and dammit, why isn't he helping me get elected!?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Hannity is such a god damned quisling.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I blame the teenage diddlin'.

  • chemjeff||

    Never a shortage of scapegoats for Trumpbots.

    Mexicans, Chinese, Muslims, McConnell, NeverTrumpers, Democrats, The Media, Obama, Hillary, etc......

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Don't forget feminists, Republicans, libertarians, women, Hollywood, and sometimes even the Jews.*

    *Collectively these groups are more commonly referred to as cucks.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    [Roy Moore] has not conceded and is calling for a recount.

    The miracle of the votes and fishes.

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    It worked for Franken

  • Crusty Juggler||

    But since Franken was elected in Minnesota that fish was a lutefisk, so that's pretty gross.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    So, Cod?

  • Bacon-Magic glib reasonoid||

    Catfish.

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    Just another lye, and a caustic one at that

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Be prepared for people who still won't accept the outcome of the presidential election to complain about Moore not accepting this outcome.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Mosquito sex protein could stem disease spread

    Uhhhhh so can an injection of "Crusty sex protein."

    *wink*

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Mosquito Sex Protein would be such an awesome name for a band.

  • Sevo||

    This is strictly science and has nothing to do with politics:

    "Paris hosts major climate summit _ and it's all about Trump"
    [...]
    " The global climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the U.S. president ended up playing a starring role.
    Trump became the unwitting villain as world leaders, investors and other Americans assailed him Tuesday for rejecting the Paris climate accord."
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo.....t-51733072

    Not a villain to me. If those folks want to tithe for their religion, why, have at it. Not me.

  • Tony||

    Yes, you and Donald Trump are right, and the entirety of the rest of the planet is in on a conspiracy against you.

    You're so smart. So smart.

  • Will M.||

    How science works, everyone.

  • Sevo||

    Tony|12.13.17 @ 11:18AM|#
    Yes, you and Donald Trump are right, and the entirety of the rest of the planet is in on a conspiracy against you."

    This comment from the fucking ignoramus who posted this:
    Tony|9.7.17 @ 4:43PM|#
    "I don't consider taxing and redistribution to be either forced or charity."

    Thanks, idiot. We need your lies to show us why we shouldn't be like you.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Prediction: Jones wins by 2 points.
    Reality: Jones won by 1.5 points.

    Prediction: Trump tweeting, This is why I endorsed Luther Strange! Knew Moore was "BAD" NEWS! What a disaster!
    Reality: The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!

    I declare my performance yesterday as Adequate.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Your delusions of grandeur are noted.

  • Will M.||

    And boring.

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