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Chaz wrote:

I'm sure Trump will be tweeting his support, and about how Bibi has strongly denied it so it must not be true, and due process and all.

While SHS says in the press briefings how privately disgusted he is.

"See, what he had meant to say was..."

Cool. Politico is all about small market indentured servitude. Today is a f*cking red letter day.

I'll believe it when it happens. That is the lesson 2016 has taught me.

Meanwhile, everything old is new again:

Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

PORTLAND, Ore. — They huddled against the biting wind, pacing from one corner to another hoping to score heroin or pills. But a different drug was far more likely to be on offer outside the train station downtown, where homeless drug users live in tents pitched on the sidewalk.

“Everybody has meth around here — everybody,” said Sean, a 27-year-old heroin user who hangs out downtown and gave only his first name. “It’s the easiest to find.”

The scourge of crystal meth, with its exploding labs and ruinous effect on teeth and skin, has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisis. But 12 years after Congress took aggressive action to curtail it, meth has returned with a vengeance. Here in Oregon, meth-related deaths vastly outnumber those from heroin. At the United States border, agents are seizing 10 to 20 times the amounts they did a decade ago. Methamphetamine, experts say, has never been purer, cheaper or more lethal.

Oregon took a hard line against meth in 2006, when it began requiring a doctor’s prescription to buy the nasal decongestant used to make it. “It was like someone turned off a switch,” said J.R. Ujifusa, a senior prosecutor in Multnomah County, which includes Portland.

“But where there is a void,” he added, “someone fills it.”

The decades-long effort to fight methamphetamine is a tale with two takeaways. One: The number of domestic meth labs has declined precipitously, and along with it the number of children harmed and police officers sickened by exposure to dangerous chemicals. But also, two: There is more meth on the streets today, more people are using it, and more of them are dying.

A dude in that article is pictured shooting a combination of heroin and meth, which is literally mind-blowing to the point of being inexplicable to me.

Time to crack down on marijuana, I guess.

Prederick wrote:

I'll believe it when it happens. That is the lesson 2016 has taught me.

Well the Israeli Attourney General is a former cabinet member and personal friend of Mr. Netanyahu so... I think the chances are high the evidence to police for collected will be deemed insufficient for prosecution, if it doesn't just get lost.

oilypenguin wrote:

Cool. Politico is all about small market indentured servitude. Today is a f*cking red letter day.

There are so many things wrong with this idea. I mean seriously even with the best of intentions how long before this just turns into actual slavery and sex trafficking.

It's like, how high were you when you thought of this?

Not so high that they couldn't list the case where we already do this on a small scale, and that even on that small scale it has ended up pretty broken. But high enough where they thought it would magically work better if you just increased the size of it.

absurddoctor wrote:

Not so high that they couldn't list the case where we already do this on a small scale, and that even on that small scale it has ended up pretty broken. But high enough where they thought it would magically work better if you just increased the size of it.

I think you are wildly generous by assuming they actually want it to work better and don't simply want a more streamlined and lucrative system of legalized exploitation, kind of like a repeat of the post-reconstruction tip economy system that has worked out so well for restaurant owners.

Agent 86 wrote:

how long before this just turns into actual slavery and sex trafficking.

Honestly, no hyperbole whatsoever, 99.9% chance applications on the first day of the program will be for sex trafficking.

Via Pajiba:

Here’s the opening line in Sean Hannity’s latest bout of crazy: “The widening scandal surrounding former President Barack Obama’s official portrait continued to swirl on Tuesday, with shocking allegations the artist included ‘secret sperm cells’ within the painting.” Ha ha ha ha ha. There’s photographic evidence of Obama’s “perversion,” too. It is unbelievable how people actually take this man seriously.

And also, sperm cells are perverted now?

HuffPost: Sean Hannity Tweets, Then Deletes, Weirdly Specific Sexual Stuff About Obama Portrait

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV7z0rKWkAAKtpY.jpg:large)

Hannity’s tweet linked to a story on his website written by “Hannity Staff” detailing the location of the supposed secret sperm.

Hannity later removed the article, blamed his staff and deleted the tweet. He did not give an explanation on Twitter.

However, Fox News sent a statement from Hannity to the Daily Beast: “Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down.”

Jayhawker wrote:

HuffPost: Sean Hannity Tweets, Then Deletes, Weirdly Specific Sexual Stuff About Obama Portrait

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV7z0rKWkAAKtpY.jpg:large)

Hannity’s tweet linked to a story on his website written by “Hannity Staff” detailing the location of the supposed secret sperm.

Hannity later removed the article, blamed his staff and deleted the tweet. He did not give an explanation on Twitter.

However, Fox News sent a statement from Hannity to the Daily Beast: “Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down.”

Hannity's take was PG compared to the Infowars front page on it.

So dumb

Imagine if he had been painted in that tan suit!

NathanialG wrote:

Imagine if he had been painted in that tan suit!

Actually would have been a good troll to paint him in the same style as every other president, but wearing the tan suit.

Sigh.

Do you remember when we had a president whose scandals looked like that?

Oh the days.

I'm somewhat amused by how many right-wing pundits are desperately trying to work up a scandal to stick to Obama and the best they can come up with is that he picked a portrait artist who has paid attention to art movements more recent than the early 19th century.

Like, seriously. We've have fauvism, impressionism, cubism, De Stijl, art nouveau, art deco, Cloisonnism, dada, surrealism, pop art, and hyperrealism, and the boldest past presidents have gotten was Teddy using John Singer Sargent. There's so many ways the portraits can be pushed but haven't. Kehinde Wiley's use of flat decorative elements is a pretty well established part of his oeuvre, and is fairly staid in comparison to some of the other possibilities.

Or is the real scandal that the artist is black?

Or is the real scandal that the artist is black?

The subject being black is probably also relevant.

Demosthenes wrote:
Or is the real scandal that the artist is black?

The subject being black is probably also relevant.

DOUBLE BLACKNESS!!!!!! THE END OF TIMES!!!!!!

Jonman wrote:
Prederick wrote:

I did note, while perusing the NRA TV Twitter account a month or two ago how much of their material is just a non-stop drumbeat of fear. Of many things, but fear, fear, fear, fear, fear.

Thing is, they've been doing that for years now, and at some point, the market becomes saturated. When I've got a pistol under my pillow, another in my glove box and a third strapped to my hip during all waking hours, a rifle in my closet and a shotgun by the front door, what's left to sell to me?

Clearly, gun makers need to take a leaf out of the appliance industry's playbook. Start making shoddier guns that break sooner.


Meet America's gun super-owners – with an average of 17 firearms each
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wordsmythe wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Prederick wrote:

I did note, while perusing the NRA TV Twitter account a month or two ago how much of their material is just a non-stop drumbeat of fear. Of many things, but fear, fear, fear, fear, fear.

Thing is, they've been doing that for years now, and at some point, the market becomes saturated. When I've got a pistol under my pillow, another in my glove box and a third strapped to my hip during all waking hours, a rifle in my closet and a shotgun by the front door, what's left to sell to me?

Clearly, gun makers need to take a leaf out of the appliance industry's playbook. Start making shoddier guns that break sooner.


Meet America's gun super-owners – with an average of 17 firearms each
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f*ckin' Goro over here holding more than 2 guns at once.

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

HuffPost: Sean Hannity Tweets, Then Deletes, Weirdly Specific Sexual Stuff About Obama Portrait

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV7z0rKWkAAKtpY.jpg:large)

Hannity’s tweet linked to a story on his website written by “Hannity Staff” detailing the location of the supposed secret sperm.

Hannity later removed the article, blamed his staff and deleted the tweet. He did not give an explanation on Twitter.

However, Fox News sent a statement from Hannity to the Daily Beast: “Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down.”

Hannity's take was PG compared to the Infowars front page on it.

People are saying 0.45's will have pee on it

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

HuffPost: Sean Hannity Tweets, Then Deletes, Weirdly Specific Sexual Stuff About Obama Portrait

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV7z0rKWkAAKtpY.jpg:large)

Hannity’s tweet linked to a story on his website written by “Hannity Staff” detailing the location of the supposed secret sperm.

Hannity later removed the article, blamed his staff and deleted the tweet. He did not give an explanation on Twitter.

However, Fox News sent a statement from Hannity to the Daily Beast: “Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down.”

Hannity's take was PG compared to the Infowars front page on it.

People are saying 0.45's will have pee on it :P

before or after they hang it in the gallery?

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

HuffPost: Sean Hannity Tweets, Then Deletes, Weirdly Specific Sexual Stuff About Obama Portrait

IMAGE(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV7z0rKWkAAKtpY.jpg:large)

Hannity’s tweet linked to a story on his website written by “Hannity Staff” detailing the location of the supposed secret sperm.

Hannity later removed the article, blamed his staff and deleted the tweet. He did not give an explanation on Twitter.

However, Fox News sent a statement from Hannity to the Daily Beast: “Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down.”

Hannity's take was PG compared to the Infowars front page on it.

People are saying 0.45's will have pee on it :P

There's he reason he loves gold

Um.

Newsweek: WHY IS THE MANHATTAN DA LOOKING AT NEWSWEEK’S TIES TO A CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY?

Note From the Editors: As we were reporting this story, Newsweek Media Group fired Newsweek Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li and Senior Politics Reporter Celeste Katz for doing their jobs. Reporters Josh Keefe and Josh Saul were targeted for firing before an editor persuaded the company to reverse its decision. As we continued working on the story, we were asked to take part in a review process, which, we ultimately learned, involved egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics. We believe that subjects of the story were shown parts of the draft, if not the entire piece, prior to publication by a company executive who should not have been involved in the process. At an on-the-record interview with the subjects of this story, a company official asked editors to identify confidential sources. On-the-record sources were contacted and questioned about their discussions with Newsweek Media Group reporters. We resisted their efforts to influence the story and, after learning of the review’s ethical failings, the reporters and editors involved in this story felt they would be forced to resign. At that point, a senior Newsweek Media Group executive said the company's owners would ensure independent review and newsroom autonomy going forward. This story was written and edited Tuesday, free of interference from company executives.

Signed: Dayan Candappa, Nancy Cooper, Cristina Silva, Ross Schneiderman, Michael Mishak, Josh Keefe, Josh Saul.

In the summer of 2016, Olivet University, a small, California-based Bible college, was preparing to build a satellite campus in Dover, a town in upstate New York. As the school’s development arm sought tax breaks and construction permits from the town, it made a surprising offer to county officials: Would they like free advertising in Newsweek?

The officials were skeptical, but they soon received emails from the magazine’s ad department with details. “We thought it was awfully odd that someone would say, ‘We would like to provide you with full-page ads,’” Assistant County Executive Ron Hicks recalled in an interview.

County leaders accepted the offer. And over the course of three months last year, Newsweek ran 10 full-page spots—worth about $149,000, according to the publication’s ad rates—promoting Hudson Valley Regional Airport and Dutchess County tourism, all free of charge at a time when the magazine’s parent company was in financial distress.

The previously unreported arrangement provides a window into the relationship between Olivet and Newsweek Media Group, the financial ties of which the Manhattan district attorney’s office is now scrutinizing as part of a long-running fraud probe, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.

I have literally nothing to add to this story.

Please click here and be impressed.

I think it would be ok to refer to SC republican law makers as parody legislators.

oilypenguin wrote:

I have literally nothing to add to this story.

Please click here and be impressed.

I think it would be ok to refer to SC republican law makers as parody legislators.

I am reminded that way too many people in this country fundamentally misunderstand people who don't think like them, and this is a prime example of a way that can manifest.

When You Buy These Bike Brands, You’re Supporting the Gun Lobby

If you bought a cute little Copilot trailer to ferry your kid around town with your bike, we’ve got some bad news: Your purchase supported the gun industry.

Same goes if you paid for a Bell or Giro brand bike helmet, or a Razkulls child helmet or Camelbak water bottle. All of those bike brands are properties of Vista Outdoor, which is also the largest ammunition manufacturer in America and the maker of the MSR15, an AR15-style assault rifle.