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  • Human species 'may split in two'

    09/28/2016 3:09:20 PM PDT · 75 of 75
    x to Ray76
    He carried out the report for men's satellite TV channel Bravo.

    Apparently, Bravo TV has also evolved very differently in Britain and the US.

  • After the Republic

    09/28/2016 2:59:31 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    x to baltimorepoet
    I wonder why anyone thinks a giant nation-state centrally ruled is anything BUT an Empire?

    And I wonder why anyone thinks this is a good thing.


    I also wonder why -- or whether -- anybody realistically thinks we can return to a government as small as we had in 1800 or 1900.

    And I wonder why people believe that we weren't in some ways an empire even back then.

  • 50 Former Bush Administration Alums – Including Donald Rumsfeld – Endorse Trump

    09/28/2016 2:20:28 PM PDT · 39 of 62
    x to Hugin
    Most of his life he has held jobs in the private sector.

    Should have stayed there.

  • Only 1% of Catholic Democrats in Congress Pro-Life vs. 94% of Republican Catholics

    09/28/2016 2:17:04 PM PDT · 9 of 24
    x to NYer
    No kidding.

    Stephen Lynch (D-MA) went from a 0% NARAL score to 100% in 20 years (50% to 0% NRLC score in 15 years).

    He may still get votes from people who think he's pro-life.

  • Chelsea Clinton Suggests Marijuana Is Killing People

    09/28/2016 2:10:29 PM PDT · 38 of 48
    x to VitacoreVision
    Sooner or later, every political family has its Patrick Kennedy ...

  • Pepe the Frog designated a hate symbol by ADL

    09/28/2016 2:07:24 PM PDT · 59 of 66
    x to simpson96
    They guy who created the cartoon frog wasn't a racist and objected to the appropriation of his frog by racist groups (Maybe he should have taken out that "frog protection/fraud protection" insurance after all).

    If that's even what happened -- the story was pumped up by jokers who wanted to push the whole Pepe-Nazi idea. There may be a lot less to it than some assume. The ADL even admits that most Pepe memes aren't racist or anti-Semitic.

    Symbols are variable. What's to prevent the ADL from appropriating Pepe themselves? Putting him in a kippah. Showing him in Jewish holiday scenes.

  • Clinton to score another GOP endorsement: Former senator John Warner of Virginia

    09/28/2016 1:58:15 PM PDT · 47 of 53
    x to Repealthe17thAmendment
    He entered politics in the 1978 Virginia election for U.S. Senate. Despite the publicity of being Elizabeth Taylor's husband and the large amounts of money Warner used in his campaign for the nomination, he finished second at the state Republican Party (GOP) convention to the far more conservative politician Richard D. Obenshain. ... However, fate intervened when Obenshain died two months later in a plane crash. Consequently, Warner was chosen to replace him and narrowly won the general election over Democrat Andrew P. Miller, former Attorney General of Virginia. Wikipedia


    Warner succeed John Chafee as Secretary of the Navy back in 1972. I guess at some point he figured out that he was a Lincoln Chafee Republican and made the switch to the Democrats.

  • POKER PRO AGREES – Hillary Was Sending Hand Signals to Debate Moderator Holt

    09/28/2016 1:54:33 PM PDT · 162 of 165
    x to kevcol
    Okay. So line up the hand gestures with the questions he asked her after them.

    I'm skeptical. There's too much that could go wrong with something like this. One leak, one suspicious meeting and the story is public.

    Given a choice between conspiracy on the one hand and shared self-interest and world view on the other, the latter is much more likely.

    Holt works at NBC and lives in Manhattan. He's pre-programmed to take Hillary's side. He may not even be aware of it himself.

  • OBAMA: A vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein is a vote for Donald Trump

    09/28/2016 1:35:04 PM PDT · 46 of 46
    x to BenLurkin
    Why would anyone who is inclined to vote Libertarian — vote for a Big Government (indeed Global Nanny State) Kleptocrat like Hillary?

    People who are inclined to vote Libertarian aren't more than 1-2% of the electorate.

    Johnson is polling 5-10%.

    Democrats aren't worried about how hard-core Libertarians are going to vote.

    Determined ideological Libertarians may all sit this election out for all we know.

    It's the voters who defect from the Democrats (or Republicans) to vote for Johnson that are going to be a factor this year.

  • Clinton to score another GOP endorsement: Former senator John Warner of Virginia

    09/28/2016 1:22:35 PM PDT · 31 of 53
    x to kiryandil
    Last election (2014), Warner endorsed Democratic Senator Mark Warner (no relation) who had run against him a decade before.

    In fact, he even endorsed (or all but endorsed) Warner in the election before that (2008).

    Maybe they are related after all.

    And while he achieved fame as one of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands, it was actually his first wife, daughter of Paul Mellon and granddaughter of Andrew Mellon, whose money made him what he is today.

  • How prim and proper First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt fell in love with a 200-pound WOMAN (tr)

    09/27/2016 5:33:57 PM PDT · 30 of 51
    x to TigerClaws

    These days, who isn’t at least 200 pounds?

  • 10 Mysterious Human Populations

    09/27/2016 5:32:46 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    x to BenLurkin
    Ramapough Mountain People

    Used to be spelled "Ramapo" (I guess they got the "ugh" when they were recognized as Indians) and considered "tri-racial isolates."

    Pure blooded Indians are very rare on the East Coast, so it's not surprising that their ancestry was mixed.

  • Add Melissa Joan Hart to the list of actors and personalities backing Gary Johnson

    09/27/2016 5:13:20 PM PDT · 10 of 23
    x to SoFloFreeper
    She is supporting a guy who apparently wants to force Christians to support same sex "marriage"...

    I guess that cat of hers finally got to her:

  • The fraudulent myth of Big Papi

    09/27/2016 5:07:41 PM PDT · 19 of 41
    x to TBP
    Wasting a lot of ink or pixels on "Manny Ortez."

    John Kerry's favorite:

    Red Sox player: Manny Ortez
    President: George Jefferson
    Apostle: Ringo
    Football Team: The Temptations
    Member of the Partridge Family: Marcia Brady

  • Some are speculating this could be it, Hillary had a working microphone in front, why be wired?

    09/27/2016 4:31:48 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    x to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain
    This is like with Bush in the 2004 debates. A lot of people on liberal sites thought he had a receiver in the back of his jacket. Somebody on thought it was an insulin pump. Somebody else thought it was a back brace. Or some kind of pacemaker or portable defibrillator. Source.

    Also accused, Gore in 2000, Obama in 2008 and 2012, Romney in 2012, though neither went viral like the Bush charge. No evidence for any of it. Accusations that on candidate or the other is wired have become the rule, not the exception.

  • Lester Holt Wore Earpiece in Contravention of Debate Rules

    09/27/2016 3:01:05 PM PDT · 38 of 98
    x to LegendHasIt

    You can find stories online saying that earpieces were banned for moderators and stories saying they weren’t banned. So it’s not entirely clear if they were banned or not.

  • It's over! Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber announce separation after 11 years and two children toget

    09/27/2016 2:48:38 PM PDT · 53 of 56
    x to Drew68
    Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.

    One or both of them could have a great career in politics.

    They both had hippie/rocker/artsy parents, so you could expect stuff like this from them.

  • Giuliani: Clinton 'too stupid to be president'

    09/27/2016 2:06:43 PM PDT · 37 of 39
    x to ColdOne
    Hillary Clinton’s decision to stand by her husband and attack former White House intern Monica Lewinsky when news of a sexual relationship between the two broke in 1998 prove that the former secretary of state is “too stupid to be president,” Rudy Giuliani said Monday night.

    How so? The Clinton's was a purely political partnership. Hillary didn't care what Bill had going on. She only cared about losing power.

  • ABC: Did Hillary have ‘seizure’ during debate?

    09/27/2016 1:40:22 PM PDT · 139 of 142
    x to gdani; USCG SimTech
    If you have to ask if it was a seizure - it was not a seizure.


    That was a expertly coached and well practiced maneuver.

    True. It was Hillary trying to look youthful and spry and make the audience laugh. I don't know if it had anything to do with the Taylor Swift song, but it was her trying to "shake off" Donald Trump's comment. The media are already calling it the shimmy and having a field day with it.

    You can't take every funny face she makes and every bizarre micro-expression you can capture in her videos for a seizure or a stroke. Just because she's generally humorless, it doesn't mean she's incapable of attempting a joke or pulling a stunt in hopes of getting a laugh.

  • Rudy Giuliani says Donald Trump should skip remaining two presidential debates

    09/27/2016 1:30:32 PM PDT · 16 of 88
    x to Behind Liberal Lines
    Rudy, you're not doing your guy any favors.

    If anybody's still undecided about whether to vote, they may want to see the two candidates face off head to head and if one backs out it will be seen as cowardly -- as conceding the election.

    Rudy, if you're so smart, wouldn't you be up on that stage as nominee?

  • Anti-war activist 51st winner of Debs Award (Cindy Sheehan)

    09/27/2016 1:28:01 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    x to simpson96
    It's not named after the 2004 motion picture?

  • Was CIA Director Brennan’s 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

    09/26/2016 2:44:02 PM PDT · 41 of 43
    x to VitacoreVision
    In his graduate thesis which earned him an M.A. in government from the University of Texas in Austin, Brennan denied the existence of “absolute human rights” and argued that a government — this time the Egyptian government — could censor certain inflammatory speech:

    Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship. Inflammatory articles can provoke mass opposition and possible violence, especially in developing political systems.

    In other words, the guarantees in the Bill of Rights, specifically those related to the First Amendment, aren’t absolute, according to Brennan, and may be, in certain circumstances, abrogated or even ignored altogether.


    We supported Sadat and Mubarak.

    The censored the press.

    It was probably a good thing they did.

    What's the problem?

    Does the writer really think some kind of democratic "Arab Spring" would have happened in Egypt with an uncensored press?

  • University of Utah finds legal case to impeach Trump should he be elected

    09/26/2016 2:31:26 PM PDT · 92 of 92
    x to CMB_polarization
    Or is the Romney faction behind this?

    He's a busy, busy man, that Mitt Romney. Especially for a retired guy.

    They seek him here. They seek him there. That d*mn*d elusive Mitt Romney.

    Consider that there's a whole group of Utah Republicans who aren't that enthusiastic about Romney, and they don't need to be motivated by Romney.

    Start with the Huntsmans, for example.

    Plus, we don't even know if the professor is a Republican.

  • The Bush Betrayal

    09/26/2016 1:32:25 PM PDT · 45 of 63
    x to Starboard
    The Bushes are actually making his future political ambitions more challenging, especially at the national level. The Bush name is mud now.

    W was very unpopular at the end of his second term. Jeb went nowhere in the primaries. This probably won't make things any worse for George P, especially since George H W will be long gone by the time his grandson is in a position to run nationally (if that ever happens).

  • If Aliens Call, We Might Not Want To Answer, Says Stephen Hawking

    09/24/2016 1:48:39 PM PDT · 84 of 102
    x to DUMBGRUNT
    Stephen Hawking has said it before and he’ll say it again: If extraterrestrials call, do not answer ― at least, not without careful consideration.

    Okay ...

  • Donny Deutsch: Hillary ‘Does Not Lie’

    09/24/2016 1:29:29 PM PDT · 38 of 46
    x to Calvin Locke
    Deutsch came out of the advertising biz, iirc.

    True. Also he inherited the company from his dad. And he's been a major Democratic contributor for years.

    He was on the same show last month saying that her "brand" was untruthful.

    He's thinking that everybody does it and nobody remembers what she says from one day to the next -- he's had trouble remembering himself.

  • Hillary's Two Medical Minefields

    09/24/2016 1:12:48 PM PDT · 37 of 43
    x to Paradox
    This is a setup. Lowering expectations, so that when Hillary simply appears fairly normal, they will make it look like she is ready to run a marathon. Same way when, as long and Trump doesn't make a total fool of himself, he will look even more electable.

    Good point. They'll find a way to tape her together for the debates, and then we'll hear about how the health scare wasn't legit.

    Expecting her to collapse or be carried out on a stretcher only helps her campaign.

  • Argument against Confederate monuments is hard to apply to Andrew Jackson statue

    09/24/2016 1:04:23 PM PDT · 21 of 47
    x to joshua c

    09/23/2016 2:34:13 PM PDT · 32 of 79
    x to BRL


  • Mika’s Unfortunate Debate-prep Metaphor: Doesn’t She Know Hillary Flunked Bar Exam?

    09/23/2016 2:01:52 PM PDT · 27 of 27
    x to Robert A. Cook, PE
    Michelle Obma had to take the bar exam at least twice before passing.

    The Obamas' law licenses may not have been revoked. More likely they gave them up because they weren't actually practicing law and didn't want to pay the fees or take the courses necessary to keep their licenses valid.

    We don't know how many times Barack Obama took the bar exam or what his bar exam scores were, but somebody's done a little math with the available data and calculated that his LSAT scores weren't great.

  • Interesting 4 statements on the Birther Issue

    09/23/2016 1:39:29 PM PDT · 89 of 109
    x to angryoldfatman
    1961. Negro was the correct term.

    "Negro" was certainly preferred over some other racial epithets in 1961, but if you were a White parent in 1960 whose daughter had married a very dark-skinned man from another continent, you might want to avoid using that word to describe your grandchild and go with "African" instead. It would be easier on the child to have an "exotic" background than to be just another American Negro.

    The only “otherwise” is another pre-1964 Hawaiian birth certificate with “African” as a racial designation on it.

    As I said, I certainly can't get one of those. In any case, the set of children born in Hawaii who had an African parent from Africa was probably very, very small, so the number of birth certificates you would find (if you could find any birth certificates of that era at all) would also be very, very small.

  • Interesting 4 statements on the Birther Issue

    09/22/2016 5:34:14 PM PDT · 63 of 109
    x to angryoldfatman
    Barack Hussein Obama II is the only person on Earth to have a 1961 Hawaiian birth certificate with the father listed as “African”.

    If you don’t believe me, find another one and present it. I’ll even accept any BC from 1964 and earlier.

    The only Hawaiian birth certificates I can see are the ones posted online.

    Like I said, "African" as a race is suspicious and raises eyebrows, but it's not obvious or undeniable evidence of fraud or forgery.

    For all I know, BHO may have been the only child born in Hawaii that year who's father was a Black African.

    Who knows what a clerk might have been told or how he or she would have responded when such an unusual event occurred?

    I'm not going to vouch for the birth certificate, I'm just saying that "African" was more acceptable to White people than "Negro" was, and Hawaii was looser about race than the mainland was.

  • Obama and Hillary Want These Riots

    09/22/2016 5:21:47 PM PDT · 19 of 32
    x to Califreak
    Rioting quiets down chatter about health issues and email and Benghazi and whatnot.

    1) Riots drive White voters to vote Republican as a law and order measure.

    2) Rioting could make African-Americans turn to violence, rather than to electoral politics.

    3) Rioting interferes with her own message as it interferes with anti-Hillary messages.

    4) Blacks aren't going to support Hillary as unquestioningly as they support Barack Obama. Obama might encourage militants because he has control over the results. Hillary knows they'll be a headache for her so she'd be less inclined to encourage them.

    IMHO, she wants to appeal to a lot of the themes of BLM, but fears that she won't be able to control dissident groups if she's elected. But it's hard to say. If she's desperate enough, she just might think rioting will help her.

  • Obama and Hillary Want These Riots

    09/22/2016 4:46:23 PM PDT · 10 of 32
    x to Kaslin
    Obama, maybe. He thinks of them as "teachable moments."

    But it's hard to see what Hillary gets out of the riots.

  • Entire Indiana Fever Team Kneels During Anthem Before Playoff Game

    09/22/2016 3:58:43 PM PDT · 40 of 56
    x to EveningStar
    Symbolism is an iffy, ambiguous thing.

    What does the Confederate Battle Flag mean?

    What does it mean to fly the flag upside down?

    Or to kneel during the national anthem?

    When a political meme spreads, what it means isn't always crystal clear.

  • Zach Galifianakis uncomfortably questions Hillary Clinton in incredible ‘Between Two Ferns’ video

    09/22/2016 3:56:09 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    x to Leaning Right
    Galifinakis is from a liberal political family, but this line to Hillary was brilliant:

    "We should stay in touch. What's the best way to reach you? Email?"

  • I Was RFK’s Speechwriter. Now I’m Voting for Trump. Here’s Why.

    09/22/2016 3:28:52 PM PDT · 1 of 16
    Certainly something out of the ordinary. Bobby Kennedy's top speechwriter is voting for Trump, because he's less war-loving than Hillary. Also more honest.

    I'm not sure about JFK being a peace candidate, though. He was quite the hardline Cold Warrior (as Bobby was until Johnson took over).

    There's also a rebuttal on the site from Peter Edelman, another Kennedy guy, who's wife was Hillary's mentor in her early years.

  • Interesting 4 statements on the Birther Issue

    09/22/2016 3:22:37 PM PDT · 26 of 109
    x to IYAS9YAS
    I used the Wikipedia article on the hospital. Maybe they're wrong, but that's my source.

    The thing about the email is that it's a good bet that when a women's and a children's hospital merged they'd work "Children" into the title after the merger. It's a lot less likely they'd call themselves a "Maternity and Gynecological" hospital after the merger.

    That doesn't mean the birth certificate is legit, but people should do more research than the email writer did.

  • Interesting 4 statements on the Birther Issue

    09/22/2016 3:11:13 PM PDT · 20 of 109
    x to jessduntno
    So far as I can find out, he didn't make that claim in his book, but during a campaign appearance. He didn't know his father, so maybe he thought of his grandfather that way. He also said his uncle liberated Auschwitz, which would only have been possible if the uncle fought in the Soviet Red Army.

    Were those lies, or accidental misstatements? I can't say for sure. He does stretch the truth when it's to his advantage, but it's so easy to prove he was wrong about this things that it's hard to think he'd convince anybody for long.

    If he were a Republican, and other liberals would call him a liar or an idiot, but he's a Democrat, so they give him a pass.

  • Interesting 4 statements on the Birther Issue

    09/22/2016 2:59:09 PM PDT · 18 of 109
    x to DOC44
    1. Back in 1961 people of color were called 'Negroes.' So how can the Obama 'birth certificate' state he is "African-American" when the term wasn't even used at that time ?

    It doesn't. It gives his father's race as "African." That's a little suspicious, but it was Hawaii and Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Portuguese were considered "races" by many Hawaiians, so "African" wouldn't have been impossible. A white family might have felt better about giving the father's name as "African," rather than "Negro." When statistics were submitted to federal authorities, BHO, Sr. would have been listed as "Negro."

    How could Obama's father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the "British East Africa Protectorate" (check it below)

    British East Africa (or the East Africa Protectorate) became Kenya Colony (or the Kenya Protectorate) in 1920. It wasn't an independent country, but they called it Kenya.

    On the Birth Certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called "KauiKeolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapiʻolani Maternity Home," respectively. The name did not change to Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged.

    Kapiʻolani Maternity Home became the Kapiʻolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in 1931. The name was changed to Kapiʻolani Hospital in 1971. It merged with Kauikeolani Children's Hospital in 1976 and was called Kapiʻolani/Children's Medical Center from 1978

  • Cruz supporters alarmed by possible Trump endorsement

    09/22/2016 2:00:53 PM PDT · 179 of 350
    x to Jim Robinson
    Somebody somewhere who voted for Ted Cruz will probably be mad if he endorses Trump, but I doubt that group is very large.

    Will Cruz do it? Maybe in a backhanded or offhanded way, just in passing.

    It's personal for Ted, and while he doesn't want to be seen as hurting the party, he also doesn't want to invest too much in Donald Trump's candidacy or go out on a limb for the guy.

  • Are National Anthem Protests Costing NFL Viewership?

    09/21/2016 11:02:12 AM PDT · 48 of 100
    x to hawaiianninja
    Shhh ... Tom Brady thinks it's because of him.

    Maybe it's because millennials are less likely to have grown up playing or watching the game.

  • Please tell me this New Hampshire poll is crap (Vanity(

    09/21/2016 10:56:27 AM PDT · 20 of 53
    x to Viper652
    That poll is an outlier. Though not as bad as the WMUR polls which have Clinton's lead in double digits. Most other polls have Hillary up by about 5 percentage points. Source.

    New Hampshire isn't the state it once was. It hasn't gone Republican since the Nader election in 2000, and before that, 1988.

    Trump picks up blue collar voters but loses votes among suburban women and old school moderate Republicans in central and northern NH, so Hillary up by 5-7% isn't totally unreasonable.

  • Who the Narcissist Is and Why It Is Important

    09/21/2016 10:46:32 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    x to xkaydet65
    And Lasch was one of three influential Marxist historians. The other two being William Appleman Williams and Eugene Genovese. Today they would be conservatives.

    Williams was the kind of leftist who'd put in a good word for Herbert Hoover or John Quincy Adams, but he was never going to become a conservative.

    The advantage of models like Adams and Hoover for him was that they were very far from both today's liberals and today's conservatives.

    It might have been interesting to see how Williams would have reacted if, say, Ron Paul became the Republican nominee, but I suspect he would have found a way to stay with his friends on the left.

  • New Poll Has Trump Tied In...Maine?

    09/20/2016 5:20:27 PM PDT · 21 of 37
    x to Rebel2016
    Trump has been rising in MN and WI. After what happened this weekend in Minnesota, he'll gain more ground. Don't know if it will be enough.

    Northern NE likes him because he isn't a typical Republican. But that may not last either.

  • Who the Narcissist Is and Why It Is Important

  • NFL’s TV ratings still falling?

    09/20/2016 5:07:29 PM PDT · 24 of 75
    x to Hojczyk
    In 1950, America's most popular sports were baseball, boxing and horse racing. In the decades since, the "four major sports" — baseball, basketball, football and hockey — have driven the mainstream sports conversation. History shows that America's sports agenda is always in flux. Just because one sport is dominant today doesn't mean it will remain on top indefinitely. The only constant is that tastes, preferences and sensibilities change. Football Will No Longer Be America's Favorite Pastime by 2050

    Millennials ...

  • Kaine Blasts Trump for Inciting Violence: 'I'd Like to Punch the Guy in the Face'

    09/20/2016 5:01:36 PM PDT · 57 of 178
    x to Olog-hai

    Irony is lost on Tim.

  • Who the Narcissist Is and Why It Is Important

    09/20/2016 4:58:47 PM PDT · 3 of 19
    x to Kaslin

    I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark here and guess that it’s whoever the person that wrote the article is voting against.

  • Why Trump gets away with huge lies and Clinton gets trashed for little fibs

    09/20/2016 4:17:41 PM PDT · 57 of 72
    x to GilGil
    And Trump is spouting this kind of misleading stuff on a regular basis. According to Politifact, only 4 percent of what Trump says on the campaign trail is true, compared to 23 percent for Clinton. A whopping 35 percent of Trump statements are rated "false," and an 18 percent chunk get the "pants on fire" designation, meaning extremely untrue, while just 11 percent of Clinton's comments are rated "false," and only 2 percent "pants on fire."

    Politifact is biased. They actually denied that Hillary said she was going to raise taxes on the middle class and accused Trump of pants on fire lying when he reported her comment: "By analyzing the sound waves, we can see that Clinton was saying "aren’t," because she definitely pronounced the "n," though she didn’t really hit the "t.""

    Whatever she meant to say, she did say that she was going to raise taxes on the middle class. Calling Trump a liar for relating that just shows where Politifact is coming from. Source