Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hey, let’s all calm the fuck down

I understand why we’re upset about the lion. I’m upset about the lion. Luring an animal – and in this particular case, a glorified pet – off of a wildlife preserve, shooting it with a bow and arrow and then tracking it as it dies a slow, miserable death is horrible. This Walter Palmer guy is an asshole. But I don’t understand why we’re more upset about the lion than we are about things like late-term abortions or the atrocities Mugabe, Assad, ISIS, etc. commit every day or all the deaths we see on the streets of Chicago every weekend. What happened to the lion is awful, but with everything that’s currently going on in the world, this is what you have a mental breakdown on live TV over? Really? ISIS is throwing gay people off roofs every day. Assad is barrel bombing children every day. Poachers killed five elephants – who are much more endangered than lions – in Kenya on Monday. Toddlers are getting killed in gun crossfire in Chicago every other weekend. This man lost his life over a front license plate. Planned Parenthood is harvesting the organs of babies born alive. Why the national mental breakdown over a lion, for fuck’s sake?

Our brilliant media has spent more time on the lion in one day than they have on the Planned Parenthood videos in two weeks. Syrians should call themselves Cecil the Lion to get talk show hosts to cry whenever they’re slaughtered. Maybe if illegal immigrants started killing lions instead of people we could get some sanctuary city legislation passed. Maybe if a VA employee killed a lion they could be fired. But until then veterans will die and no one will care. I think it’s outrageous that a dentist signed a deal to give a lion billions of dollars in sanctions relief that won’t even prevent the lion from getting nukes. How awful. People should really do something about that.

Congresspeople are calling for the feds to investigate this dentist who, it appears, thought he had all the proper hunting permits and both Zimbabwe and the Justice Department are having a hard time figuring out if he actually broke any laws. “People on the internet are mad so let’s bring the full force and power of the federal government down on this guy’s head even though it’s not clear he broke any laws” seems like a bad way for a free society to operate. What a ridiculous society we’ve become. A dentist in Minnesota has lost his business, gone into hiding, and has to fear for his life because he killed a fucking lion no one had ever heard of three days ago. Insane. The media is looking into his political donations (because that’s how you find out if he’s really EVIL). Celebrities (like Sharon Osbourne, whose husband is known for biting the heads off animals and shooting his ex-wife’s cats) are tweeting about how this dentist is the worst person on earth and it will be so great when he loses his business and even his life. Leftists are suddenly concerned about infanticide, for once in their lives…

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The Progressive Mind:
Lion infanticide: Bad
Human infanticide: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dear progressives,
Picture baby lions being killed, cut up and sold off as parts and then you’ll understand why many people are upset about what Planned Parenthood is doing.

And now, of course, progressives have to make this about politics and social issues and deeper meanings: “It’s more than a story about a man who killed a lion; it’s about gender roles, gun culture (or bow culture), values, America’s place in the world.” Oh shut up. It’s about a nation of children – who don’t possess the maturity to take on real, complex problems – being sad about Simba. Don’t overcomplicate this.

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NO. STOP.

Meanwhile, starving, unemployed Zimbabweans are like, “Hey Americans, take your dead lion concern and fuck off. We have real problems here.” This is such a First World Problem. Americans look at a lion and see a cartoon character. Zimbabweans look at a lion and see either what ate their family or what could feed their family. Your average Zimbabwean doesn’t care about Cecil the Lion. You average Zimbabwean cares that they’re unemployed, starving, and dying of preventable diseases thanks to a vicious dictator. And Americans look like privileged little assholes when the only moral outrage we ever muster about Zimbabwe is over a fucking cat. 

It’s funny that the crowd that gets heartbroken when our justice system gives sadistic murderers death sentences wants to have a corrupt, foreign dictatorship execute an American citizen for the legally disputed killing of a non-human. All because murdering any living thing is bad, bad, bad. Obviously, there’s a severe lack of reason going on in this hysteria, which probably explains why there’s so much hypocrisy here.

We can see the hypocrisy in the fact that the land where Cecil lived is one of the worst places to be a human on Earth — yet no attention seems to be paid Zimbabwe’s people in all the fuss surrounding a lion. It’d be akin to America going nuts over a slain crocodile in Cambodia while Pol Pot is committing genocide — and we completely overlook the genocide part. Zimbabwe is ruled by arguably the most vicious and corrupt despot living today, Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has managed to accumulate an extensive record of human rights abuses that would make past tyrants jealous…The nation is also home to one of the most corrupt judicial systems on the planet. That’s the same judicial system that’s now being called upon to try, convict and execute Walter Palmer.

While Mugabe’s shameful human rights record and the necklacing of Zimbabweans in South Africa both qualify as justifiable outrages, neither inhumanity elicits much attention from Americans or prominent left-wing groups. Maybe it’s because many young Americans have come to associate lions with cherished moments of their childhood, thanks to “The Lion King” and the prevalence of Beanie Babies. As we all know, there’s no popular children’s film about a white family having to flee their farm because of their skin color or toys of necklaced Zimbabweans. We as a nation look downright stupid when we go nuts over a dead animal while ignoring the crimes committed against humans in the same land. It’s time American liberals put down the stuffed animals and look at the world as it really is.

Take comfort, Lion Justice Warriors, in the fact that Cecil the Lion had a much better life than the average Zimbabwean.

P.S. You want to blame someone for lion deaths? Blame Mugabe.

It is no accident that one of the two men who accompanied the dentist on the safari, and who have now been arrested, was a farmer (the other was a professional hunter hired by Palmer as a guide). State wildlife officials claim that Honest Trymore Ndlovu helped lured the lion off the wildlife reserve and onto his property, Antoinette Farm, where the beast was killed. Why would he do such a thing? Perhaps because he is a farmer in a country where agriculture is an industry of destitution. Zimbabwe was once celebrated as the “breadbasket of Africa,” whose fertile earth supplied the world with abundant tobacco, corn and wheat. Today, 76% of its rural population lives in abject poverty, dependent on foreign food aid and desperate measures — like the poaching of the wildlife that inhabits its otherwise barren lands, or rendering assistance to those who want to hunt or poach.

In 2000, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe enacted a disastrous land-reform policy. Farms were divided up and nationalized and many plots were handed out to generals and ministers. Thousands of white landowners were violently evicted from their farms, which were then parceled into smallholdings and given to black Zimbabweans. The destruction of property rights led to a disintegrating economy and widespread poverty. Poaching — to feed the insatiable demand for rhino horn and ivory in China and other parts of Asia — became rife and much of the wildlife in Zimbabwe was simply wiped out.

Until 2000 Zimbabwe had a successful wildlife-management program, with many big-game animals flourishing. But by 2003, a staggering 80% of the animals that had lived on Zimbabwean safari camps (which employed firm quotas to regulate animal population sizes) had died. By 2007, there were only 14 private game farms in the country, compared with 620 prior to the land seizures of 2000, according to a National Geographic report. With the protection of private game reserves nearly nonexistent, once abundant wildlife began dying off, hunted by desperate farmers with no other options for sustenance. Despite the passing of harsher laws for poachers in 2011 illegal hunting in Zimbabwe is still big business…Many conservationists believe allowing the community to reap the benefits of wildlife management — by, ironically, running the sorts of safaris on which Palmer shot his lion — will help curb illegal poaching. But it is impossible to have that debate while the world brays for the ruin of a lone Minnesotan dentist, and fails to criticize a regime whose policies were responsible for the almost complete extinction of Zimbabwean wildlife in the first place.

I think lions are cool and I think anyone who can gleefully kill one for fun is a jerk, but Palmer and his children shouldn’t have to live in fear for their lives over killing a cat. It’s ridiculous. While I’m not personally a fan of trophy hunting and this kill seems especially cruel, hunters like Palmer actually do more for conservation than all of the whiny Twitter users bellowing from their basements combined. America’s now-biweekly sport of “let’s find a jackass doing something nasty somewhere on earth and ruin his life to make ourselves feel moral,” will end badly at some point. One of these people will actually get killed at some point because they had the bad luck to be the random choice of the Outrage Mob this week.

And I find the current moral preening by people who have given zero fucks as Mugabe has absolutely destroyed Zimbabwe, its people and its wildlife extremely irritating. I don’t remember any of these Lion SuperFans being upset a few months ago when Mugabe slaughtered and ate baby elephants and lions at his birthday party. I haven’t seen any of these people get upset over the elephants killed on Monday that I mentioned above. Spare me the hypocrisy, leather-wearing burger-eaters. i don’t mind people being upset about the death of a beautiful, majestic creature, carried out in a cruel way. I’m bothered that these same people are not bothered by so many other cruelties, and have just latched onto this one as a form of social signaling more than anything else. And that’s because this is easy.

The last few days undoubtedly have shown that the moral priorities of a great many Americans are woefully inverted…It’s not difficult to see that our inclination to mobbishness is, at least in part, a reaction to being psychically overwhelmed by issues that are too complex, and too many, to sort through. Instead, we retreat, aiming to seize upon occasions for easy moral outrage. In the midst of so many troubles about which Sharon Osbourne, let alone the average Yelp reviewer, can do so little, social media is the perfect medium for theatrical, self-affirming expressions of moral superiority. The shrinking of the world has, in fact, shown us just how big it is. What can you do? Well, you can get mad.

There are no solutions to this problem, but it might be mitigated. In an earlier time, the excesses of a Walter Palmer would have been the interest of Zimbabwean authorities, perhaps a few American policemen, and whatever private sporting organizations he belonged to. The “daily business” of London lawyers, Dutch cat owners, and electronica producers in Dubai — all of whom have demanded that Palmer himself be hunted down — would have been considerably more provincial. Without neglecting crucial matters of national or international concern, an effort to refocus on the provincial could do much good. What does it matter to a citizen of Buffalo, N.Y., or Plainview, Tex., that a Minnesota man killed a lion halfway around the world? Nothing. But it matters a great deal if your Buffalo neighborhood is succumbing to blight, or if your child’s Plainview public school is lousy. And, of course, about those problems a person can do something. This is “daily business” to which one can actually attend. The problem, of course, is that you cannot credibly posture on Twitter about a dangerous intersection nearby. Rage is easy; responsibility isn’t. Most people would rather roar about lions.

Amy Otto expands on why this has become the perfect story for our dumb media:

Cecil the Lion is the perfect media story because it requires zero resolution. It simply creates a space for folks to morally preen about how sad they are about this. It’s a nationwide pity party. The media loves it because the story requires no deep discussion, no real inquiry, and no real thought. In other words, the media is stupid. Really, they aren’t clever at all. They are soaked in their own biases and have lost the capacity for critical thinking. Society loves a great story that we can all be against and say “that’s bad” and have to do absolutely nothing about. It’s the perfect zero-responsibility outragepalooza fit for the news entertainment business.

The media, the nation, and our government have become a nation of punters. We simply want to feel like we are right, not ever figure out what is right. So any story that needs no resolution but can create outrage plus be used as a tool to reconfirm biases will be huge. That’s why Cecil the Lion is still the biggest story this week.

Uh oh. Shit’s getting real now…

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(All praise Ben Howe for that meme).

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Afternoon Links

WUT

They were pitted as the fiercest of rivals during their struggle for late-Nineties chart domination. But the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync have officially buried the hatchet – and a couple of zombies – by teaming up to make a horror film with the movie studio behind the hit SyFy franchise Sharknado.

What a dumb time to be alive.

Right: <Complicated arguments based on economics and the Constitution>
Left: Lol, wut? Here’s a million foreigners with 5th grade educations. We win.

McWhorter on the ridiculous Ta-Nehisi Coates worship and the Left’s new religion.

Company that sells running strollers to help moms get back in shape features hot in-shape mom in ad, less hot moms get upset.

List of “problematic” terms has been expanded to include “American,” “senior citizen,” poor person,” “rich,” and “overweight.”

“41% of new Marine officers in 2014 would not have met the intelligence standards demanded of officers in WWII”

This is awesome. Watch the video.

A government program isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do and is dripping with fraud, waste, and abuse? Well, I never!

The nation’s premier federal program that provides work for people who are severely disabled is mired in widespread corruption, financial fraud and violations of the law, numerous sources tell CNN. And instead of helping the severely disabled find work, the taxpayer-funded agency is at times allowing jobs to be taken away from the disabled, the sources say.

AbilityOne, along with the nonprofit agency that manages its program for the severely disabled, SourceAmerica, are being investigated by authorities for illegal operations, financial fraud, mismanagement, operating in violation of the law, steering of contracts, and possibly obstruction of justice. Several inside sources tell CNN the program is among the worst cases of its type they’ve ever seen in a federal agency.

Glamour issues a groveling apology after daring to tell women the truth about what men want.

An American president saying this while abroad is embarrassing. His deference to the office really shines through!

Dumb celebrities continue to be dumb, news at 11.

The third Planned Parenthood video has been released and it’s the worst one yet. If you can look at the HUMAN HAND at the 10:30 mark and not be horrified, I give up. How can you not be horrified?

Every time John Kerry opens his mouth he exposes how bad the Iran deal is, so Slate is asking that he kindly shut the fuck up. I say, keep talking Mr. Secretary.

Fuck the GOP Senate (except Cruz and Lee…and Paul).

Watch Jim from “The Office” kick some terrorist ass in Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie.

Fleeing high tax states for a better life.

When crises arise, the King meets with his court jester.

What’s the problem, Planned Parenthood? After all, it’s just “tissue” used for wonderful scientific purposes, right? That’s what your friends keep telling me. Why are you so afraid of people seeing these tapes?

Let me remind the people begging Robert Mugabe for justice for Cecil the Lion that the man ate a bunch of endangered animals for his birthday this year. He also enjoys torturing and murdering humans, by the way.

The idiotic fruits of PC progressivism: Indian restaurant fined for trying to hire Indian waiter. What a dumb time to be alive.

An Indian waiter in an Indian restaurant — imagine that! City bureaucrats slapped a $5,000 fine on a Midtown Indian restaurant for trying to hire a server who is Indian, according to official documents. Commission staffers have been trawling Craigslist to ensnare unwary restaurant owners who violate the law for things like seeking a “waitress” instead of a “wait-person.” That’s gender discrimination by the city’s reckoning and could lead to a four-figure fine. They hit the jackpot in October 2013, when Shalom Bombay on Lexington Avenue placed an ad for an “experienced Indian waiter or waitress.” It might be common sense that an Indian restaurant would try to hire a server familiar with its cuisine, but to the city’s enforcers, it was a glaring red flag. The law doesn’t allow ads that discriminate “based on national origin.”

Part 2 of Camille Paglia’s Salon interview, in which she explains why liberals, sneering atheists, and Jon Stewart suck so much.

This is awesome. Boy asks mailman for junk mail to read, mailman responds spectacularly.

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Oh, well now I’m convinced!

Jack Black thinks the Iran deal is great, so it must be! Unreal. The White House continues its trend of having know-nothing celebrities cheerlead for things they don’t understand in the hopes of convincing stupid people:

How embarrassing.

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Video of the Day

I think many animals, particularly monkeys/apes, understand more than we think they do. Check out this video of an orangutan kissing a woman’s pregnant belly through the glass. The couple explains:

“Me and my 37 week pregnant partner visited Colchester Zoo on 13/07/2015 and [were] amazed when we visited Rajang the Orangutan that very quickly become fixated with her belly as she is heavily pregnant… [B]efore long he was trying to kiss my partners belly through the glass. I put my belly [to] the glass and got a dirty look then when I placed my hand on [the glass] he [tried] to push my hand away… Truly a special animal that has touched our hearts.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Sweet. I’ll have a place to go when Trump Perots Hillary into the White House.

It’s just so awful being a woman in America. I can hardly stand it. Why does no one tell the world of our plight?

Lol. This is a sad, sad hill to die on, Trumpa Lumpas, but I’m done trying to talk you out of it. Go forth and lose.

The thought of Hillary Clinton in prison brings me indescribable delight. It won’t happen, of course, because Hillary could strangle a puppy on live TV and Dems would still back her.

It was only a matter of time before idiots started protesting “The Producers.”

Is this the worst idea ever? Holy shit. Anyone proposing to make the tax code even more complicated is for creating accidental lawbreakers, facilitating corruption, and sucking money out of the economy.

Blame the Jews!

Former Guantanamo prisoner and author of “Innocent at Guantanamo” arrested in Belgium for…you’ll never guess

Lulz. $15 minimum wage has made some Seattle workers ineligible for government benefits, so now they want their hours cut.

Jesus H. Christ

The controversy began on Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry told House lawmakers behind closed doors that he neither possessed nor had read a copy of two secret side deals between the IAEA and Iran, according to Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee who was inside the session. Congress hasn’t seen those side agreements either. “Kerry told me directly that he has not read the secret side deals,” Pompeo told us in an interview. “He told us the State Department does not have possession of these documents.”

Big gov & big biz sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, first comes love, then comes marriage…

Good article on Leroy Smith, the black SC officer who helped the distressed white supremacist.

Kids who start drinking and having sex at age 13 have problems later in life? WHOA. Thanks Science!

“It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife. That’s why Planned Parenthood’s apologists have fallen back on complaints about “deceptive editing” (though full videos were released in both cases), or else simply asked people to look away. And it’s why many of my colleagues in the press seem uncomfortable reporting on the actual content of the videos.”

Half of Cuba’s field hockey team just defected to the United States because Cuba is a wonderful paradise.

Wow. This is an incredible story.

When a woman in Charleston, West Virginia, opened her front door to greet a stranger she had arranged to meet through an escort ad she had placed with Backpage.com, she knew instantly she was in mortal danger. The man said just three words – “Live or die” – then held a gun to her stomach. That was the start of 10 minutes of unadulterated horror. The man grabbed the woman by the throat and dragged her around the house, until in a rush of pure adrenaline and an effort for self-preservation, she snatched up his gun and shot once, killing him.

From there the story of the woman’s encounter with a violent attacker gets stranger still. When homicide detectives from the Charleston police department began combing over the site on the day of the attack, 18 July, they were amazed by what they found. The slain attacker, Neal Falls, appeared at first sight to be unexceptional – a 45-year-old former security guard from Springfield, Oregon, who had no serious criminal record and only a few minor traffic infractions to his name. But then, investigators were puzzled to find that he had no money on him. Why would a man visit an escort for an appointment with no money on him? The trunk of Falls’ Subaru Forester car provided plenty of grisly clues to his intentions. It included an array of handcuffs, two axes, a machete, a bullet-proof vest and – the most disturbing items – a shovel and a bottle of bleach.

Police now believe that the woman, who has not been named to spare further trauma, not only saved her own life but may have prevented the deaths of countless other women in future. They are actively investigating the possibility that Falls could have been a serial killer who operated across several states.

I agree with every word of this. Spot on. Here’s an excerpt, but read the whole thing:

I agree Trump is ridiculous — but he is an illustration of a problem and not its cause. Trump is not the swamp: he is the creature emerging from it. For however ridiculous and appalling his candidacy may be, it is no worse and no more ridiculous and appalling than the whole pattern of American politics at this time. Is his candidacy more lunatic than the idea of a third President Bush or a second President Clinton? More despairing than the idea of an America so bereft of political talent that two families supply the major pool? Is he more manipulative than President “you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan” Obama? Is he less venal or arrogant than Hillary “it’s my server and it’s my State Department” Clinton?

Is his candidacy less perplexing than parts of the Democratic party’s fixations? Is it less lunatic that the spectacle of a former governor, Martin O’Malley — one of the few Democrats wandering the no-man’s land of opposition to the Hillary machine — apologizing, more than once, for asserting out loud that “all lives matter”? The Democrats have drilled so deep into the factionalism and demagoguery of identity politics — sexual and ethnic — that any appeal to universalism, any echo of the greatest phrase in the Declaration of Independence — “all men are created equal” — is now toxic? Donald Trump may be annoying, but he has said or done nothing that equals the fatuousness of a system in which the claim that all lives matter is seen as a troubling deviancy?

Is Trump less serious than trigger warnings? Is he less repellent than false and theatrical rape hoaxes that have beleaguered American campuses from Duke to Columbia? Less repellent than the supine American college administrations who bend with every breeze of the progressive mindset, and who supplant legal due process with their safe spaces and “victim”-buttressing hearings on campus misconduct? Is Trump less theatrical than a congresswoman who takes Emma Sulkowitz, who strolled around her campus with a mattress on her head (or in place of it) for a whole year as an “art project” following her highly dubious and most likely false accusation of rape, to the State of the Union? Is anything, so far, that Trump has said more obviously silly than the often seriously reported claim that American universities, the very Bethlehem cradles of progressive thought and practice, are hotbeds of a “rape culture?”

Whatever Trump has said on immigration is not more dismaying than the fact that the U.S. has for decades paid no respect to its own borders. A nation that does not respect its own territorial integrity, and protect the idea and status of citizenship as its first value, cannot expect others to respect it. It is not Trump who is the outrage. Rather it is the political class of both U.S. parties, which have for decades temporized, dodged, euphemized and evaded the question of the country’s sovereignty and the impact of illegal immigration on it.

Is anything Trump has said more staggering or depressing than the idea that in egalitarian America, a couple of small-time business owners can get fined $135,000 for not baking a cake?…More absurd than Fort Hood’s slaughter of 13 by a self-professed jihadi being labelled “workplace violence”?…Donald Trump and his campaign have a lot of catching up to do before he can be seen as more ridiculous, more frustrating, more crazy than the reality of American politics as it was before he entered it.

How embarrassing. How can Kirby stand up there and say that with a straight face?

Camille Paglia is my spirit animal.

“Nowhere else in the western world takes 39-week-old ‘fetuses,’ delivers them sufficiently to preserve the commercially valuable parts and then crushes the non-sellable parts in order to preserve a technical denial of infanticide. That is a uniquely American evil, and Americans should be utterly ashamed of it. American liberals ought to understand that in far more left-wing societies (Scandinavia, the Netherlands, France) they do not do this – because it’s not a left/right thing, it’s a good/bad thing

War is hell.

Fuck this scumbag. What a terrible person.

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Music Monday

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Weekend Links

From a beautiful column by Karol Marcowicz – an American born in the Soviet Union – on her “Americaversary”: “Being proud of America is not about being proud of a president or Supreme Court decisions or whether our team beat their team. It’s about pride in participating in the greatest experiment in human freedom and liberty that the world has ever seen.”

This is going to be me someday.

“Those who continue to prop up this faltering carnival act based on the mistaken premise that it somehow advances conservatism are making a grave error. All that is being advanced are individual careers. The Americans who truly count on the conservative program to better their lives and right the course this country is on are those who will suffer the most if Trump is allowed to indelibly tarnish their movement.”

Disgusting. What the hell is wrong with these people? Defund this slaughterhouse. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for this. What a great country the Left has turned us into. A country where any taxpayer-subsidized ghoul can dream of selling enough dead baby parts to buy a Lamborghini.

Nothing will ever top the Moby Dick post, but this is my second favorite Clickhole post of all time. I wish it were real.

SMOD, what are you waiting for, buddy? End us now please.

These Donald Trump Insult Generators are great.

As I’ve been saying for weeks, this man is a fraud and if you’re a conservative who is supporting him you’re retarded.

This makes sense since he’s a Democrat who gives money to Hillary.

America to Europe: Lulz. You smell and you’re bankrupt.

New reason to hate Trump: He makes me like Lindsey Graham.

I need a cigarette after this epic Rick Wilson takedown of the Trumpkins.

I knew immediately it was a dude who did this. Immediately.

However much they paid you to write this article, it’s not enough to buy back your balls, bro. Good lord.

I hate how much I love to grill. It’s not that I’m inclined to vegetarianism or that I otherwise object to the practice itself. But I’m uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine. Looming over the coals, tongs in hand, I feel estranged from myself, recast in the role of suburban dad. At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era…when I’m grilling I worry that I’ve become something even worse. Am I shoving others out of the way because it makes me feel like a man? Have I become some sort of monster?

In case you needed another reason to love Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift may have inadvertently walked into a political maelstrom in China with merchandise soon to be on sale there displaying a potentially subversive message. The singer is launching her own Taylor Swift-branded clothing line next month, on the platforms of local e-commerce giants JD.com and the Alibaba group, with t-shirts, dresses and sweatshirts featuring the politically charged date 1989. The date – as well as being Swift’s year of birth – refers to her album and live tour of the same name, which she will perform in Shanghai in November. But the date – and the initials TS – are particularly sensitive in China, as they signify the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, when hundreds of students were killed in pro-democracy protests.

Trump’s gonna Perot Hillary right into that White House, baby, if it’s the last thing he does!

The fact that most Americans don’t care about this kind of abuse constantly happening lets me know for sure that we’re doomed.

An assistant district attorney in the state of Oklahoma lived rent-free in a house confiscated by local law enforcement under the practice of asset forfeiture. His office paid the utility bills. He remained there for five years, despite a court order to sell the house at auction. Another district attorney used $5,000 worth of confiscated funds to pay back his student loans.

Good column by Rich Lowry on the toxic worldview of Ta-Nehisi Coates.

It appears the U.S. government has been hacked and manipulated at a truly historic level under Obama. Absolute CI nightmare.

“The decision to go to war in Iraq was informed by poor intelligence, wrong-headed groupthink, and an unrealistic desire to change a dysfunctional Middle East in one bold stroke. As it happens, these are three main ingredients in Mr. Obama’s Iran deal.”

Damn right. USA! USA!

A man who doesn’t speak French has triumphed in the Francophone Scrabble Championship having apparently memorized the entire French Scrabble Dictionary in just a few weeks.

Meet the 96-year-old archer who won gold at the National Senior Games and has no plans to retire. Awesome.

Surprise! Assad hid part of his chemical weapons program to avoid destruction by inspectors. I hate being right all the time.

Awesome. Japanese women show up to tell the “offended” white women who shut down the Monet kimono event to STFU.

Did the world’s money laundering capital let a Kazakh KGB murderer buy Sherlock Holmes’s celebrated 221b Baker St?

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