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Saturday, June 5th, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Eric | 

    If I uttered half the words Haley did my employer would fire me, they might even be legally required to pursue some action for hate/discriminatory speech.

    Instead somebody elected this guy… It is early but perhaps I’ll imerse myself in the gin … article that is.

    Eric

  2. #2 |  Aresen | 

    California NAACP needs a collective hearing test.

    Some people have an infinite capacity for faking pains.

  3. #3 |  Aresen | 

    I think they should get the money. And it’s the second time this has happened?

    If the casino is going to claim that the $11 million jackpot was a malfunction, then I’m going to claim that all those times I busted out were malfunctions, too.

  4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

    Meta Amusing…I love a good pun in the morning.

  5. #5 |  MacGregory | 

    #2 Aresen
    Racial hypochondria?

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Haven’t you ever wondered why there are no white holes in space? Is it so exclusive that only black holes are permitted? I mean, maybe we should be protesting or demanding equal representation.

    Personally, I have a lot of respect for hos (white or black), so I don’t see the profession as something to be ashamed of. A ho simply rents her body for the enjoyment of others (no different from what sports, movie, or opera stars do) in order to put a roof over her head and food on her table. If that weren’t enough, they have the courage to do this in an environment that is dangerous and extremely hostile and toward that activity. Indeed, the persecution of people who earn a living selling sex is no different from any other form of hate or bigotry. It just happens to be one of those forms of hate that is openly encouraged and even demanded by American society (just as slavery and laws against homosexuality used to be sanctioned). Its a kind of hate people actually feel good about and are proud of. Not only that, but we treat the condemnation of sex work as if it were a civic responsibility.

    Maybe the NAACP should stop and take a long hard look at their own attitudes before they start pointing fingers. Side-by-side I would place the hooker on infinitely higher moral ground than someone who has made a career of being on welfare.

    When it comes to persecution, there’s plenty of it in the U.S, aside from racism and sexism. Remember, it’s never called persecution by those who do it and in this case, almost everyone in the country is a party to it.

  7. #7 |  Stephen | 

    Re: hearing test

    It is not the first time this silliness has come up.

    http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/07/dallas-county-meeting-turns-ra.html

    They don’t even seem to realize how stupid it makes them seem. I bet they soon campaign to remove the word “black” from the English language.

  8. #8 |  Aresen | 

    @ MacGregory | June 5th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I would say it is “organizational” hypochondria, derived from an ongoing need to justify themselves.

  9. #9 |  The_Chef | 

    What the hell is wrong with black whores?!

    God bless them!

    People act like being a whore is a BAD thing.

  10. #10 |  Brian | 

    Hey Dave,

    The next clear night walk outside and look up. You just might be surprised to see a bunch of “white holes” all over the night sky.

    Brian

  11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #10 Brian

    Hey Dave,

    The next clear night walk outside and look up. You just might be surprised to see a bunch of “white holes” all over the night sky.

    Actually, when I was little, it occurred to me that the night sky might really be a black shell with tiny holes in it that let the bright light of the outer universe shine through. :)

  12. #12 |  ktc2 | 

    They should have to pay the jackpot. Are they going to investigate everytime someone loses? I don’t think so. The system is rigged enough already in favor of the house. If they don’t keep their machines in working order it’s their own fault.

  13. #13 |  ktc2 | 

    So black vaginas are destructive “black holes” that destroy everything in range and white vaginas are “stars” that provide light and energy to the universe? Hmm . . . no, no racial bias there at all. lol.

  14. #14 |  Mark R. | 

    @ MacGregory | June 5th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I would say it is “organizational” hypochondria, derived from an ongoing need to justify themselves.

    Yeah I mean what is the NAACP role at this point? When a story of racism reaches the national level (ala SC or Arizona) nobody needs goes to the NAACP for their perspective. And when this is the kind of regional story they’re trying to make hay with, it’s no wonder.

    It’s not like there aren’t still plenty of actually racist people in America, maybe they’ve just gotten kind of lazy? (also a meta joke though )

  15. #15 |  EH | 

    With the increased computerization of casinos I’m guessing we’re going to see a lot more slot machine winnings negated for technical reasons. “Oh, we didn’t reboot the slot machine after the last jackpot.” Groan.

  16. #16 |  Chris Mallory | 

    How much crime by Mexican invaders is an acceptable amount?

    http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/06/01/illegal-immigrants-crime-spree-in-wa/

    “Washington State ranks 11th in the nation in the number of illegal immigrants with an estimated 150,000. They make up 2% of the state’s population, but account for 4.5% of those in Washington prisons. In Franklin county, 14% of the jail bookings are illegal immigrants.

    Currently, over half of the individuals on the Washington State Patrol’s Most Wanted List are suspected illegal immigrants. 18 of the 26 on the list are Hispanic with no place of birth identified. Most are wanted for vehicular homicide and they have languished on the Most Wanted list for several years.

    There are about 50,000 felony warrants currently issued in Washington State and according to a source in the U.S. Marshal’s office between 30-40 percent are believed to be illegal immigrants.”

  17. #17 |  random guy | 

    What do you know the racist SC senator used to be a cop. I bet he was a fair enforcer of the law in the day. I also love the reactionary racist claim “I have black friends/supporters”, which is completely irrelevant when you try to paint someone as a secret Muslim terrorist.

    But we have a black president, so obviously we live in a post-racist society, nope all those bitter white racists disappeared overnight in 2009.

  18. #18 |  JS | 

    random guy “What do you know the racist SC senator used to be a cop.”

    Good point. The sad thing is, he’s just playing to his constiuentcy. Among some people those words will actually make him more popular.

  19. #19 |  Marty | 

    #16- that’s the story that stood out to me, too. I love the way this idiot tried to dismiss other’s beliefs while trying to make himself out to be one of the good guys. There’s no doubt his cop training helped hone his sense of ‘authoritah’.

  20. #20 |  PW | 

    Shocker. The South Carolina guy is an ex cop.

  21. #21 |  ClubMedSux | 

    #15 | Chris Mallory | June 5th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Color me unimpressed by that article. No cites for the crime stats? Unidentified sources in the U.S. Marshal’s office? One thing I WAS able to check up on is the Washington’s Most Wanted list. It’s funny how the blogger claims 16 are “suspected” illegal immigrants because it doesn’t list a place of birth for them. Of the five non-Hispanics on the list, three of them don’t have places of birth listed either. Are they also suspected illegal immigrants? It appears that they only have access to Washington and Oregon databases, so if the suspect isn’t from those two states there’s no place of birth listed. Hardly proof that they’re illegals, and it makes me more suspicious of the rest of the stats cited.

    Look, nobody wants to accept crime, be it from illegals or citizens. Some of us just happen to believe that we can’t stop immigrants from coming here (note that several referred to in the article were previously deported) so we might as well make them legal members of society; certainly people who aren’t afforded protection under the law have less of an incentive to abide by it.

  22. #22 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Also, I like how the “illegal immigrant crime spree” documented by the blogger consists of one rape on May 16th by one immigrant, one murder committed by a different immigrant on May 24th, and an additional rape committed by a third immigrant in 2008. That’s stretching the term “crime spree” quite a bit, wouldn’t you say?

  23. #23 |  qwints | 

    Best line of the Knotts artice:

    “‘She’s a f#!king raghead,’ Knotts said.

    He later clarified his statement. He did not mean to use the F-word.”

    Also good :

    “Knotts says he believes Haley’s father has been sending letters to India saying that Haley is the first Sikh running for high office in America. He says her father walks around Lexington wearing a turban.

    ‘We’re at war over there,’ Knotts said.

    Asked to clarify, he said he did not mean the United States was at war with India, but was at war with ‘foreign countries.’”

  24. #24 |  C. Andrew | 

    #7 | Stephen | June 5th, 2010 at 10:36 am
    Re: hearing test

    It is not the first time this silliness has come up.

    http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/07/dallas-county-meeting-turns-ra.html

    Stephen,
    Then there is the guy hounded out because he used “niggardly” correctly in a sentence.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/williams/williams020499.htm

    And I can’t provide a reference but in the mid 90′s a lady wrote into the Economist accusing them of racism because the word spicing (as in spicing something up) was hyphenated at the end of a line to become spic-ing.

  25. #25 |  johnl | 

    The best thing is that Nikki Haley already has multiple sex scandals to her credit.

  26. #26 |  JS | 

    qwints “We’re at war over there,’ Knotts said.

    Asked to clarify, he said he did not mean the United States was at war with India, but was at war with ‘foreign countries.’”

    lol damn, you can’t even make up that kind of stupid.

  27. #27 |  Megs | 

    I am offended that the NAACP assumes all black whores are WOMEN. Fucking misogynists! Whore is a gender neutral term!

  28. #28 |  Mike T | 

    California NAACP needs a collective hearing test.

    I knew a white northern girl who once got beat up by two black guys at a restaurant because she said “knickers.” I wish I were making that up…

  29. #29 |  Mike T | 

    **almost got beat up

  30. #30 |  nickKage | 

    Radley, you’ve been awefully quiet on the BP oil spill disaster. Hell, even republicans like Bobby Jindal are begging for government help. What is the libertarians response to a private corporation like BP totally fucking up the Gulf and effecting millions of people in this country? They Gould have to pay, yes. But who calculates the cost of such a mistake? Why aren’t you complaining when Obama rolls up his sleeves and goes to the Gulf shores. The federal government should stay out of this right? I mean that’s socialism for them to waste taxpayer dollars on this!

  31. #31 |  Andrew S. | 

    @nickKage

    You do realize that in a libertarian world, unlike this real world, BP *would* be paying the costs of cleanup, right? Because in this world, the federal government has long ago limited the damages they could have to pay by statute, which results in extremely large costs to the government and little cost to BP. If your damages are limited by statute, what’s your motivation to do things right? I know that if I could potentially face limitless damages, I’d be a whole lot more careful than if I could potentially face “only” $75 million in damages.

  32. #32 |  ClassAction | 

    Wow. I’m the most bleeding heart left-libertarian that I know, and words escape me regarding the California NAACP article. These people are are professional victims. They are probably otherwise very nice people, but there’s something so infuriating about their aggressive, doe-eyed ignorance. What absolutely slays me is their apparent complete inability to consider for a nanosecond that they might have misheard the card.

    It just doesn’t make sense on so many levels. First, you’d have to believe that the biggest greeting card maker in the world – the same company that puts out the African-American-oriented “Mahogany” line of cards, would ever put out a card that refers to “black whores.” But even if you could buy that, how do you miss the obvious solar system theme? How do you miss “And you planets?” before “Watch your back!”? Gah, what a bunch of maroons.

  33. #33 |  StevefromOhio | 

    #30-I’ll have a go at this.

    The first point to make is that Libertarians are generally not advocates of anarchy. That is to say, even a die hard libertarian concedes that the institution of government is a necessary part of our society that can become incredibly dangerous if allowed to act without restraint. Government has its proper uses, but when it acts outside the boundaries of its core competencies it invariably becomes the a burden to the wellbeing of the individuals comprising that society. Government action in MOST areas of society is unnecessary at best and dangerous at worst.

    In a situation like the BP oil spill, which has debilitating effects on multiple states, the only organization in our society with the power to compel action and the resources to sustain that action is the Federal government. As the proper use of government in a civil society is to ensure the individual’s right to act upon his natural rights exists uninhibited by outside actors. In this case, BP has very clearly infringed on the rights of a great many individuals. The role of Federal government is to prevent such things from occurring and, in failing to do so (as it has), it is incumbent upon that government to rectify the shortcomings of its actions.

    Is that an implicit argument for so-called “strong government”? I don’t think so, at least not in the broad sense that phrase seems to imply. The point is that government should be strong in the areas it is designed to function in, and nonexistent in those areas in which “government” as an institution is unable to act as effectively as private enterprise.

    In short, the Federal government is our enemy not because it exists, but because its meddling in areas of society in which is invariably fails to create a net societal benefit has hampered and possibly destroyed its ability to focus resources into actions that are its proper role.

    Doing too much of the unnecessary (ie schooling, drug control) restricts its ability to do the necessary (protect its citizens against infringements of their rights).

    Anyone else have any insight into this?

  34. #34 |  BSK | 

    “They don’t even seem to realize how stupid it makes them seem. I bet they soon campaign to remove the word “black” from the English language.”

    Yea, THOSE people.

    I’m a bit bothered by the tone in many of the comments regarding the NAACP. Do I think this is a misguided cause? Yea, I’d agree with that. Has the NAACP taken up other misguided causes? Yes. But the implication that claims of racism are simply the result of some pervasive victimhood is to ignore ALL of the very real instances of racism. The ratio of real racism to imagined racism is about 100 to 1. Imagined claims, unfortunately, harm the larger anti-racist movement, because they lead to it simply being dismissed, like we see here. But to do so is to ignore the reality of racism. And by ignoring it, we are permitting it.

  35. #35 |  anarch | 

    @#11 David Krueger: the night sky might really be a black shell with tiny holes in it that let the bright light of the outer universe shine through.

    At around 500 BC, Heraclitus had the same thought.

  36. #36 |  Ray | 

    I’ve been quick to point out to relatives and friends elsewhere (I live in Phoenix) that the whole kidnap rating thing is nothing to worry about unless you’re an illegal immigrant or drug dealer in business with the Sonorans.

    So it doesn’t even fit into our normal crime statistics.

    Now, having said that, I do feel that Phoenix is a relatively safe place to live, but attempting to tie together illegal immigration with those crime stats is embarrassingly weak.

    It’s like one of those Malcolm Gladwell books where he cherry picks some useful data, and then jumps LeBron like through a snazzy narrative to arrive at the appropriate conclusion.

    And the problem with manipulated crime statistics, which we’re all aware of here, is that there’s no standardization to such manipulation so we can’t even find a real baseline factoring in that error rate.

  37. #37 |  Windy | 

    Dave, there are (or at least MAY be) white holes:
    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1974IAUS…64..106M
    Objects being in the state of collapse are systems absorbing matter from the surrounding space (black holes), while in the state of anticollapse there may, in principle, be radiating objects emitting matter (white holes). Our universe is a system in the state of anticollapse. It is quite probable that the universe is just a white hole. The meson vector field is discussed along with the scalar long-range field, the neutrino field, and black holes as intermediate states in elementary particle theory.

  38. #38 |  Phil Vail | 

    Sheriff Joe in Arizona says he has a high percentage of illegals in his jail. Let’s say it’s 10 percent, but I think it’s higher. Even if you assume illegals only commit crimes at the same rate as citizens, every crime committed is a crime that wouldn’t happen if the crime of illegal entry had not been committed. I think it’s fair to say the sheriff could shave 10 percent from his budget if we secured the border. Go to any big city’s daily court proceedings for traffic offenses and small crimes and you’ll see they spend about one/third of the day processing crimes for those that speak Spanish only. Also look at the most wanted list, sex offender registries, and active warrant lists and you’ll see that a good deal of these folks are Mexicans and minorities. Just look up stats for any state or federal prison and you’ll see that minorites make up a much higher portion of the population. It simply does not make sense that minorities commit all these crimes, but those that jump the border are saints just because El Paso has a low crime rate.

  39. #39 |  Ray | 

    I’ve made a tremendous discovery, but it doesn’t bode well for the illegal population.

    It seems that cities in the border states such as Phoenix, San Diego, and El Paso all have significantly higher average year round temperatures.

    Connect the dots! They also have a higher population of illegal immigrants!

    Illegal immigration is causing global warming!

  40. #40 |  random guy | 

    Ray – everyone knows its the disappearance of pirates that cause global warming.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster#Pirates_and_global_warming

  41. #41 |  Ray | 

    RE: South Carolina senator

    Wow, their politics sound lively.

    I think Knott’s problem is he’s the only one Haley hasn’t been to bed with so he’s feeling a little left out.

  42. #42 |  nicrivera | 

    I don’t know what’s more pathetic…

    The NAACP blackmailing Hallmark over an instance of racism that doesn’t exist or a politician making a blatantly bigoted remark and then defending himself by claiming it was just a “joke.”

    On one hand, you have racialists who see the specter of racism everywhere they go, and on the other hand, you have racists who can’t seem to help themselves but make bigoted remarks.

    Both are pretty damned pathetic.

  43. #43 |  nicrivera | 

    StevefromOhio said: “The first point to make is that Libertarians are generally not advocates of anarchy. That is to say, even a die hard libertarian concedes that the institution of government is a necessary part of our society that can become incredibly dangerous if allowed to act without restraint.”

    Libertarianism (as I understand the term) encompasses BOTH minarchism (government should perform only the most basic “night watchman” duties) and anarchocapitalism (there should be no government).

    In other words, ALL anarchocapitalists are libertarians, but NOT ALL libertarians are anarchocapitalists. Furthermore, not all anarchists are libertarians since some anarchists advocate aggression and the abolition of private property.

    Since the overwhelming majority of libertarians are minarchists (as opposed to anarchocapitalists), the basic libertarian position with regards to the oil spill would be for the government to hold BP responsible for all the damage created by the oil spill and to have BP pay reparations towards the victims of the oil spill.

    However, the fact that the Gulf of Mexico is collectively owned complicates this. There is no doubt that BP has damaged property and should be made to pay some kind of reparations to clean the mess up and pay for what’s been irreparably damaged. However, as the tragedy of the commons explains, “When everybody owns something, nobody does.” So it’s unclear to me as to just how much BP should be paying or to whom they should be paying.

  44. #44 |  Wavemanns | 

    Do you think that if you deposit a 10,000.00 check and the bank machine fails to clearly read the decimal point on the check that you deserve a million dollars?

    Mechanical things break or make mistakes. There are regulatory bodies in place that inspect the machines in cases like these and determine the liability of the casino. These limitations are written on every slot machine in active play, if not on the glass or case itself, on the help screens that explain the rules of the game.

    In many cases casinos comp the people an extra prize just to try and make up for the false hope. It’s more than they have to do.

    If you think that you could write flawless software that could never make an error like this, I’d love to hire you. I’d also like to hire Santa Claus to run my courier service on the days he doesn’t have to deliver presents to all the boys and girls of the world.

  45. #45 |  Your benevolent rulers | 

    So it’s unclear to me as to just how much BP should be paying or to whom they should be paying.

    Then you haven’t been paying attention.

  46. #46 |  Phil Vail | 

    These people that think the casino should pay are the same people that think their student loans should be waved. They don’t understand a free market economy, and haven’t done enough research to know that slot mistakes have been happening for years and years in Nevada. The machines tell you what the max payout is, if it’s more, esp 10,000,000 more it’s obviously a mistake. Oh and by the way free movies and music to everyone while we’re at it! Viva le Che!

  47. #47 |  BSK | 

    “The NAACP blackmailing Hallmark over an instance of racism that doesn’t exist or a politician making a blatantly bigoted remark and then defending himself by claiming it was just a “joke.”

    On one hand, you have racialists who see the specter of racism everywhere they go, and on the other hand, you have racists who can’t seem to help themselves but make bigoted remarks.”

    Does the latter justify the general concern of the former? That’s not to say every instance is legitimate. But if it’s pretty clear that racists are very real and very determined to spout their beliefs, isn’t it understandable that groups would rise to combat this? And maybe be a bit sensitive about these near-constant instances of oppression?

  48. #48 |  jb | 

    BP’s damage cap is only for punitive damages. It’s still on the hook for the actual cleanup costs, which are now about $1.25 billion. Of course, none of that compensates the people whose livelihoods have been destroyed…their only recourse is suing in (state-provided, state-enforced) courts, where that cap does come into effect.

    So not perfect, but BP is not getting away totally clean. Of course, I expect to see a headline here in 2013 about how BP never actually reimbursed the states for the cleanup they paid for.

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