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Jan 13 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Red Hat Leads to Assault.
I think the lesson here is that drunk people sometimes brawl over stupid shit. And New Years Eve brings out the lightweights. Just in case you didn't know that. Now you do.
Jan 13 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Red Hat Leads to Assault.
Two people stepped in to stop the attack.

And we all know how totally worthwhile it is to intervene in some other dude's fight. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to catch a stay punch in the face, ruin your outfit and maybe get blamed by the cops for starting it? Sign me up!

Zero people aided the attaker.

But yeah go on with your generalizations. Tell me how people are. You got it all figured out.
Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on About Trump's L.L. Bean Tweet.
If she's still on the board, in what sense has L.L. Bean done anything to distance themselves from her?

The important thing to know is that crony capitalism is the new order, centered on one man's likes and dislikes. The management of every corporation owes it to their stockholders to flatter Donald Trump personally, and to flatter him better than competitors. Alternatively, companies have to sue him, personally, for the damages he causes their business. That is probably not a viable model. While branding a company as friendly to consumers opposed to Trump might attract customers, the potential losses from regulatory action by Trump bureaucrats, enforcing laws passed by a Trump Congress, and adjudicated by Trump judges makes the financial risk far greater than any increased market share. Consumers eventually tire of boycotts, and will resume buying from corporations with hated policies, because convenience is all that really matters to any consumer.

One of the easiest ways to ensure the Trump government will work the laws in your company's favor will be to give the man saleable propaganda to demonstrate he is achieving his goals. You should help Trump convince the public he, personally, is creating or saving jobs. As when North Koreans credit the Dear Leader with every good harvest or completed project, it's imperative to loudly announce that every business expansion, every round of hiring, is credited to Donald Trump. Deals that were publicly known before Trump's election are difficult, though not impossible, to portray as Trump's handiwork. But any economic expansion that was not documented prior to Trump must be credited to him.

Trump's favorites will reap profits and gain market share, and enjoy maximum, even unlimited, regulatory freedom. Any corporate officer who not only plays ball with Trump, but delivers the Potemkin Village he demands, is literally stealing from his company.
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Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on BuzzFeed Is Bad For Journalism?.
If all media ought to be judged by one outlet, it kind of undermines the idea that media should be diverse, as well as the idea that prior restraint is harmful. If you really think they ought to function in lockstep, why would you want them independent? The best way to achieve the goal of all media adhering to one standard is to merge them all. Put one strong authority in charge and there you go.

Alternatively, one can be allowed to fuck up -- by others' standards -- without having any bearing on the status of the rest.

Yes, the fascists will use this as a reason to justify fascism. But it's the fascists who are wrong, not the independence and incompatible journalistic standards of free media.
Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Mukilteo House Party Shooter Allen Ivanov Sentenced to Life in Prison.
Loot at any map of the homicide rate for women, and it's pretty much the same as a map of states without a motorcycle helmet law, or a map of teen birth rates, or suicide rates, or painkiller abuse. Or a map of how heavily armed the state is. More guns -> more women killed. Guns don't keep anyone safe.

The safest states have the fewest guns. Amazing.

Weird how they can't seem to stop talking about Carol Bowne. The NRA be saying her name in 50 years. They have this one case and they'll hang onto that like a bone in their teeth. Forget about the data about thousands upon thousands of Americans. They got that one name and they're going to make the most of it.
Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on WTF Does Rudy Giuliani Know About Cybersecurity? Trump Thinks Much..
This is really fine. Giuliani will be able to cause very little harm and it will likely keep him busy.
Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Mukilteo House Party Shooter Allen Ivanov Sentenced to Life in Prison.
@5

What women with batshit exes? This isn't a Hollywood movie. Arming yourself up doesn't prevent violence against you. We know that. It increases your chances of accidental shooting, suicide, or having your gun stolen by a criminal. Yet the states with the highest rates of women murdered are also the most heavily armed states. The states with the fewest guns are also the ones with the lowest female murder rate.

Democrats aren't shoveling time and money into a ballot initiative to enact the Republican solution to gun violence because DEMOCRATS DON'T FUCKING BELIEVE THE REPUBLICAN SOLUTION. And if they wanted so bad to be patsies that they enacted it just to prove a point, Republicans would sit back and complain they did it wrong and that's why it didn't work. Jesus, this is all a fucking joke to you isn't it? You guys don't want to do anything about gun violence. You don't believe any mental health program would do anything about it. The last thing you want is to actually try it because you'd end up with one less canard to use.

Jesus Christ, next you'll be telling Republicans it's their job to enact single payer health care to prove that it is a devil communism that will destroy freedom. How about this: Republicans put banning all guns on the ballot. I'll vote for it. Derp.

Weirdly, Democrats are trying to deliver all kinds of health care, including mental health, to everyone. Republicans have sworn a blood oath to never let that happen. None of them believe mental health care would prevent any shootings. Because it wouldn't. Shootings are caused by gun culture combined with... what? Guns!
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Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Germaphobe Couldn't Be Into Piss, Right?.
Homophobia didn't seem to stop Larry Craig from wanting to blow dudes. Or Ted Haggard? In fact, their very disgust at all things gay seems to have fueled their passion to transgress in the most "disgusting" way possible. They get off on it because they think it's gross.

Trumps germaphobia, if anything, makes me more likely to believe the story. Just like if the only evidence that you've never been to Prague is a picture of the outside (basically anybody's) passport or the only evidence you've addressed your conflicts of interest is a bunch of envelopes with who knows what inside is so far from "proof" of anything that it makes me more likely to think you're hiding something. Especially since the Czech Republic won't ask for a passport or visa stamp it anyway.

If you're following the line that Trump wanted the bed peed in to defile it since Obama slept there, then it makes even more sense that a germaphobe would choose to watch someone pee on it.

The whole concern troll over "wasting" our attention on this when we should be making noise about some other Trump crime is, well, typical Glenn Greenwald thinking. Revealing to the public how gross Trump really is has far more chance to build a real opposition to him, and convince Congress they will lose votes if they don't get off the Trump train, than a lot of wonky complaints about violations of government rules and regulations. The people who vote for Republican Congress members hate rules and regulations.

But they also know pee in the bed is some fucked up shit.
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Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Mukilteo House Party Shooter Allen Ivanov Sentenced to Life in Prison.
Not having a waiting period failed to prevent it.

If these waiting periods or assault weapons bans or background checks piss you off so much, then enact the mental health care that you say you think would make a difference. Then these shootings wouldn't happen, so you claim, and nobody would be asking for waiting periods, or magazine limits. The fact that Republicans never actually go ahead and fund the mental health improvements they tout is all the proof you need that they are just blowing smoke in the hopes of keeping the status quo.
Jan 12 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Owner of Magnolia Gym Says RVs Are Hurting His Business.
In America today, there's nothing closer to a living saint than a small business owner. There's nothing to discuss here. Thank Mr. Palumbo for his service, and give him what he wants. Whatever it is. Give it to him. What part of "small business" do you not understand?