Afternoon Links

What in the hell is this and how much did we spend on it?

Huge mistake

“After shaking Raul Castro’s blood-drenched hand last week in Panama, Obama explained his rationale for the change in relations he is seeking. The Cold War, he said, ‘has been over for a long time, and I’m not interested in having battles that, frankly, started before I was born.’ It was a typically narcissistic remark from the president, whose interest in diplomatic history extends only insofar as it can be used to fault his own country.”

The Left destroys everything it touches, Part 1,850,429.

Can’t we just give these little fascists a small island and an endless supply of kale and let them live their weird, pathetic, authoritarian lives far away?

Today in things that should shock, but don’t at this point: Obama ignored our intelligence community to mislead the American people about Iran’s nuclear breakout time.

Damon Linker takes those pro-SSM people who have become illiberal, petulant thugs, out to the woodshed.

Read this, “Fight for 15″ loons.

“Debt-free college,” to be funded by unicorn stud fees no doubt.

Madonna has committed thoughtcrime and now she must pay.

Senator Obama must be very upset at President Obama who refused to describe the Armenian genocide as a genocide on the 100th anniversary of the genocide.

We have reached the point of SJW madness where guitar-playing orangutans require trigger warnings.

“Mrs. Clinton et al. are counting on voters’ being stupid — on your not being able to understand that there is not some big national slop-bucket labeled ‘Income,’ that nobody is getting paid less because a Fortune 500 CEO gets paid more. But somebody is getting paid less in order to fund lifetime pensions for IRS criminals and the S-Class payments for 1 percenter school superintendents.”

Like most artists/writers, I’ve enjoyed a good deal of Toni Morrison’s work despite the fact she’s a reprehensible person.

Oh look, more rich progressives who want to raise my taxes but don’t pay their own. Does anyone at MSNBC pay their taxes? Serious question.

“It’s established media practice to talk about Republicans as the party that’s lurched to the far right, an ideologically intractable group on a disturbing trajectory that leads to 2008-era tax rates and other forms of fanaticism. But I would love for someone to point out the last time a Democratic Party candidate suggested that government should topple an entire class of Americans for the good of everyone else.”

Obama’s Earth Day trip emitted roughly 5x as much CO2 as the average American does annually BUT TURN YOUR LIGHTS OFF AND STOP BUYING BEEF, PEASANTS/DENIERS! (It’s actually probably closer to 15x when you include the C-17 advance planes carrying vehicles and gear and the fighter jet escorts.) Again, I’ll start taking these people seriously when they stop being spectacularly wrong all the time and admit climate is complex and they don’t really know what’s going on. Would also help if they stopped crushing any and all dissent and started practicing what they preach in regards to their own carbon footprints.

Baltimore DAs hold innocent man in jail on rape charges 14 months after learning DNA tests cleared him.

This is hilarious. Clickhole is the best.

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Music Monday

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Firearms Friday

This is awesome. Ted Cruz and his wife have some fun at the gun range.

D.C.’s outrageous Second Amendment double standard.

Garbage state of New Jersey bans man acquitted of domestic violence from owning firearms anyway.

Dear Christ, read a fucking history book. How is it possible liberals are this dumb? “Armed insurrection against the government would never have occurred to the people who just carried out an armed insurrection against their government.” -idiot Leftist. Mark Hemingway and Cruz himself quickly explain to the Times what the Second Amendment is/means.

Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun thanks to Illinois finally allowing concealed carry.

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“Megumi Igarashi was arrested after building a kayak with a top shaped like her vagina and sending 3D printer data of her scanned genitalia, the digital basis for the boat”

Dear lord, the Left is terrifying and awful. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, this should deeply trouble you. Your must read for the week. Here’s the gist of it:

For dozens of conservatives, the years since Scott Walker’s first election as governor of Wisconsin transformed the state — known for pro-football championships, good cheese, and a population with a reputation for being unfailingly polite — into a place where conservatives have faced early-morning raids, multi-year secretive criminal investigations, slanderous and selective leaks to sympathetic media, and intrusive electronic snooping. Yes, Wisconsin, the cradle of the progressive movement and home of the “Wisconsin idea” — the marriage of state governments and state universities to govern through technocratic reform — was giving birth to a new progressive idea, the use of law enforcement as a political instrument, as a weapon to attempt to undo election results, shame opponents, and ruin lives.

Most Americans have never heard of these raids, or of the lengthy criminal investigations of Wisconsin conservatives. For good reason. Bound by comprehensive secrecy orders, conservatives were left to suffer in silence as leaks ruined their reputations, as neighbors, looking through windows and dismayed at the massive police presence, the lights shining down on targets’ homes, wondered, no doubt, What on earth did that family do? This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform.

Go read the whole thing. The details are chilling.

The FDA is insane. Our government is insane.

This is good, minus the stupidity of lumping Poland in with Hungary and Germany, which seems to be a pattern in this administration.

Like most government agencies, this one needs to die a fiery death, but it never will.

All people should be free to arrange for the disposition of their property/wealth (which was already taxed multiple times when the person was alive) as they see fit, without being taxed for dying. The “estate” tax is, in essence, the government pawing at the corpses of our mothers and fathers for loose change. I’m glad to see a majority of the American people are still against it. It’s disgusting.

California created their water crisis themselves and I don’t feel bad for them. Maybe the dummies will learn a valuable lesson.

Hey “journalists,” one of you ask Hillary: should it be a crime to attack a woman, cut her baby out of her womb, and kill the baby?

Thanks for serving our country. The police will now take your $60,000 savings, and keep it for themselves.

Not surprising at all and why the Left almost always misunderstands/misrepresents conservatives’/libertarians’ positions.

OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE PEOPLE

Stevenson College, part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic” night. In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having “a Mexican food buffet,” while also featuring spaceships and aliens. The college received complaints saying the combination was racist because of the association between Mexicans and illegal immigrants.

Don’t be mad at Rauner, be mad at the Democrats who created this disaster that must be cleaned up.

Sanity prevails at Johns Hopkins

No one cares about your feelings. Grow the hell up.

Oh what a shock, Obama is going to cave to Iran again.

Jesus Christ

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence. The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.

Will there be a “national conversation” about this environmentalist shooting this energy worker?

Lol. This is great.

These busybody assholes who call cops on parents who leave their kids alone for 5 minutes need to be pushed from a helicopter.

This won’t matter, either. None of it will matter.

This is awesome. Your feel good story of the day.

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Image of the Day

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Photo by Brent Stirton/National Geographic

So incredibly sad:

He’s the last of his kind on Earth, and they’re not taking any chances. Sudan, a male northern white rhino, is believed to be the sole male survivor of a species decimated by poachers. To protect him, a conservancy in Kenya is guarding him around the clock with armed rangers and radio transmitters that monitor his every move. Sudan’s ivory horn has also been removed to deter ruthless poachers, who have wiped out the white rhinos and sold their horns for big money in Asia, where they are believed to have medicinal value.

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Happy Hour Links

Oh my god, dying:

Loretta Lynch’s allies are launching a hunger strike until she’s confirmed as attorney general, but they could be waiting weeks if Republicans follow through on their threat to delay Lynch even longer…The advocacy group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, along with female civil-rights leaders, are planning the hunger strike, in which groups of fasters will alternate days abstaining from food until Lynch is confirmed to replace Eric Holder at the Justice Department. Dubbed “Confirm Loretta Lynch Fast,” the new tactic is designed in the mold of actions by civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Cesar Chavez, organizers said.

Emphasis mine. That’s not a hunger strike, you fucking bozos. That’s a fad diet. Yes, you guys are totally like Gandhi and MLK. Bravo. Good lord. The degree to which millennials desperately want to be part of a “struggle” and can’t find one is hilariously sad.

California comes up with another dumb idea…”through a fair and equitable process that we are creating.” What could go wrong?

Our insane tax code: “It’s possible, when you consider the impact of the capital gains tax, corporate income tax, double tax on dividends, and the death tax, for a single dollar of income to be taxed as many as four times.”

As should always be assumed, the Left is indeed being dishonest in its coverage of the Indiana woman convicted for throwing her baby in a dumpster.

Yay government! Heckuva job!

The last time Kenneth Seay lost his job, at an industrial bakery that offered health insurance and Christmas bonuses, it was because he had been thrown in jail for legal issues stemming from a revoked driver’s license. Same with the three jobs before that. In fact, Mr. Seay said, when it comes to gainful employment, it is not his criminal record that is holding him back — he did time for dealing drugs — but the $4,509.22 in fines, court costs and reinstatement fees he must pay to recover his license.

Mr. Seay’s inability to pay those costs has trapped him in a cycle that thousands of other low-income Tennesseans are struggling to escape. Going through the legal system, even for people charged with nonviolent misdemeanors, can be expensive, with fines, public defender fees, probation fees and other costs running into hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. Many people cannot pay. As a result, some states have begun suspending driver’s licenses for unsatisfied debts stemming from any criminal case, from misdemeanors like marijuana possession to felonies in which court costs can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. In Tennessee, almost 90,000 driver’s licenses have been suspended since its law was enacted in 2011. Many drivers who have lost their licenses in Tennessee, too poor to pay what they owe and living in places with limited public transportation, have done what Mr. Seay did. They have driven anyway, resulting in courts so clogged with “driving while suspended” cases that some judges dispatch them 10 at a time.

Each time Mr. Seay was caught, he racked up new fines and fees on top of the old. As a repeat offender, he would often be jailed, causing him to lose his job, and placed on probation, which carries an additional fee of $40 a month. More recently, he has been jailed for violating probation because he fell behind on those payments. Except for odd jobs, he has been unemployed for about a year, partly because he finally swore off driving. “If I could get my license back, that would be the most wonderful thing that happened to me in my life,” Mr. Seay, 44, said.

Tennessee is not alone in the practice: Five of the 15 states with the largest prison populations have it, according to Alicia Bannon at the Brennan Center for Justice. Most states also suspend licenses for failure to pay traffic fines, another policy that critics say creates a quicksand of debt.

We definitely need more government and more laws! Yay!

Randy Sowers always expected the government to show up one day and ask where all the cash he was depositing at his bank came from. He thought he had the right answer: from his business selling eggs and milk at farmers markets. But under a federal law designed to target money laundering, Sowers and his Maryland dairy farm lost a big chunk of that income — $29,500 — to the government. Three years later, he hasn’t gotten any of it back and almost certainly never will…Sowers was not accused of money laundering or attempting to hide illegal profits. Federal agents who showed up at his farm in February 2012 told him that they thought he was an honest businessman. But he had run afoul of federal law requiring banks to report deposits of more than $10,000 and making it a crime to evade the reporting requirement by “structuring” cash into smaller amounts.

Again, yay government! Let’s have more of it! It’s so great!

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.

After her son spoke out about medical marijuana, police detained him and launched a raid on Shona Banda’s home. “Well, they had that drug education class at school that was just conducted by the counselors… They pulled my son out of school at about 1:40 in the afternoon and interrogated him. Police showed up at my house at 3… I let them know that they weren’t allowed in my home without a warrant… I didn’t believe you could get a warrant off of something a child says in school.” Banda continued, “We waited from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock. They got a warrant at 6 o’clock at night and executed a warrant into my home. My husband and I are separated, and neither parent was contacted by authorities before [our son] was taken and questioned.”

The police apparently found 2 ounces of cannabis oil in her home. She fears that the state will now attempt to take her son away. She has a custody hearing on Monday.

Seven reasons we’re raising a generation of coddled idiots.

You’re supposed to tip at Chipotle?

You almost have to admire the way Hillary is just corrupt as fuck and does. not. care. The sheer brazenness.

ISIS is getting its ass kicked by the Kurds because the Kurds are awesome.

You deserve Hillary’s bloodless, condescending campaign, America.

SMOD is coming, but will be too late for the 2016 election. Very disappointing.

LOL So the meeting with ‘everyday Americans’ was staged because of course. It’s Hillary.

Yes, the ‘state’s interest’ argument is the correct argument if you’re going to argue against. It’s the only one conservatives should have been making since the beginning.

Jesus H. Christ, Politico wrote a 1,000+word article on the workers who made Hillary’s burrito bowl.

Is this a joke? FACT CHECK: “Yes we can” is only partially true.

Sarah Silverman does that thing progressives do (lie to advance a narrative), but made the amateur mistake of naming someone who could disprove it.

The party that always wants to raise my taxes seems to be full of people who never pay theirs.

Putin’s favorite biker gang, whose motto is “death to faggots,” will ride the Red Army’s route to Berlin.

You’ll see a scramble by many of our enemies to get things done/take what they want in the remaining 18 months of the “Strategic Patience” era.

TAX HER! TAX HER HARD!

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This is hilarious.

Voldemort shook his head, his inability to grasp lofty ideals the result of a government-issued education…“What an interesting misunderstanding of property rights,” Harry said mildly, flicking his cigarette in the direction of the Dark Lord…He pulled out a gun and shot Voldemort in the heart. “A gun is not an argument,” he said to no one in particular, “but this conversation was growing dull anyway.”

Yes, Lefties, laws are coercion even when you like them.

Disgusting. Human beings are horrible. By the way, the silence from our so-called “feminists” on this is deafening (it doesn’t fit the narrative).

Gee, if you didn’t live on Happy Planet Obama, you might think Tehran and Moscow are working together against the West.

Government’s just the word for things we do together like threatening pet owners with a $750,000 fine for trying to find their lost dog.

I detect a pattern.

Ooooh, we’re ‘filing a complaint.’ That should strike real terror into Putin’s heart.

If you let your kids play unsupervised, someone might snatch them. Like the cops. Infuriating.

Sadly, I think this is correct. Modern Americans enjoy being layabout losers, receiving handouts, not having to take responsibility for their bad life decisions, and don’t seem to be bothered by corruption and dishonesty anymore.

18 more months of this, guys. Eighteen. Months.

That’s not enough, they should pay ALL of it!

It’s almost like that’s the point.

Goddamn hippies smdh

They don’t have a problem with foreign oil, just the stuff that would directly help our economy, natch.

YES

A random woman expressed her opinion on Facebook, GET HER!

Ruh Roh: Our next President doesn’t seem too concerned about our gravest national security threat (global warming).

Hahahahahahaha!

Well you’ve really done it now, Marco. The one thing I can’t forgive is Nicki Minaj fandom.

Hungary’s anti-Semitic Jobbik party is rising. Good thing the U.S. ambassador is an experienced expert on these things. Oh wait, she’s a soap opera producer.

In the garbage state of Arizona, cops conserve ammunition and just run you over apparently.

Hooray! Take more of everyone’s stuff to pay for another failed government program, hooray!

The future is not bright. We are unbelievably screwed.

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