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Thursday, June 30th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Chuchundra | 

    When was Gawker ever not unreadable?

  2. #2 |  David | 

    I call bullshit on the NY Times article. There’s no way a list of everything Newt Gingrich knows is six pages long.

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “America’s post-9/11 wars expected to cost well over $4 trillion.”
    Four trillion. Let’s see, that’s 4,000,000,000,000 dollars.
    That many apples, end to end, would stretch to another galaxy.
    And no one can seem to conjure up a Mission Statement.
    …I wouldn’t mind so much if I weren’t paying for this shit…

  4. #4 |  Mario | 

    From the original article concerning the biased outlook of gay professors:

    On average, the students found the syllabus to suggest a political agenda when the instructor was gay, but no agenda when the instructor was straight.

    I would think the non-gay professors must be giddy with glee after reading this, since in my experience with college professors, at least in the humanities and social sciences, 99% or better seem to have a political agenda.

  5. #5 |  Mattocracy | 

    When are liberals going to learn that Libertarianism isn’t a branch of fucking conservatism?

  6. #6 |  TomG | 

    My first introduction to the mess that is national politics was “Parliament of Whores” by P.J. O’Rourke. I don’t agree with everything he’s said since, but that was a damn good read. Is there anything new I would learn from Lisa Baron’s book from my libertarian/anarchist viewpoint?

  7. #7 |  BSK | 

    See what you’ve done, New York?

    Oh, no, Radley. You’ve got it all backwards. See, he lives in Florida, a state without gay marriage. Since he can’t marry his gay lover, his only other options were the dog or a child. He got the first and almost had the second! So, we MUST pass gay marriage FOR THE CHILDREN!!! AND THE DOGS!!!

  8. #8 |  Aaron | 

    Why would you read Gawker? Stop linking to it, and let it continue dying.

  9. #9 |  Mario | 

    On the 4 trillion dollar price tag for the wars, Radley, I think one the most perceptive questions ever raised concerning this whole endeavor was yours:

    What exactly does “victory” in Afghanistan look like? Certainly no one in his right mind thinks the country is going to look like, say, Iowa in 20 years. Same for Iraq. Are we expending what in the end will be a few trillion dollars and likely the lives of 6,ooo-7,000 troops to create another … Saudi Arabia? Another Egypt?

    “In Which the Terrorists Win,” Dec 2, 2009.

    This is what Congress should be asking before it signs the checks.

  10. #10 |  goober1223 | 

    Seriously, Gawker is only good for soundbites about what’s going on. It’s like a longer twitter, but slower to the stories. Their writing is all biased, objective, barely investigated. BTW, I only read the Gizmodo section, and it’s hard to believe how much bias is in writing about technology.

  11. #11 |  Ron | 

    @#10:

    not to defend Gawker, never read them, but I suppose that goober1223 is a totally uinbiased paragon of unvarnished truth?

  12. #12 |  Mike T | 

    “It’s different when we do it.”

    It’s been observed that Fang frequently just makes stuff up. By all rights, if that be true, then the ought to be litigated for libel.

  13. #13 |  EH | 

    Mattocracy: Possibly when Libertarians start doing a better job of distinguishing the differences.

  14. #14 |  Abersouth | 

    I’m confused why the first link is a reason to hate politics. I agree on the paragraph being fantastic.

    I thought the review revealed the shallowness of the memoir writer and was very interesting. Maybe she is the next love of Gingrich?

  15. #15 |  freedomfan | 

    Chuchundra (#1) expressed my first thought on the Gawker piece. And Aaron (#8) pretty much nails most of the rest of my reaction to Gawker (and balloonjuice, though they have fortunately fallen off of Radley’s radar for a while).

    Mattocracy (#5):

    When are liberals going to learn that Libertarianism isn’t a branch of fucking conservatism?

    Probably about the same time people learn that being pro-free market is not the same (and is, in fact, often the opposite of) being pro-corporate. Or, maybe about the time people realize that being opposed to a government program that politicians claim will help a certain group of people is not the same as being opposed to that group of people. Basically, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  16. #16 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    $4 trillion? That’s a big check to weapons contractors. All based on a bunch of lies following decades of US bad behavior and promises of things that cannot come about thru violence.

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Sex with dog:

    The suspect, of DeFuniak Springs, in Walton County, didn’t deny that it happened,

    Uhm…never talk to the police?

  18. #18 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    It it me, or is Gawker damned-near unreadable these days?

    Are you talking about their “Worst Site Re-design Ever” that jettisoned thousands of daily readers…or their content?

  19. #19 |  SamK | 

    Is it bad that I was expecting Chris Hanson to have been busted with a twelve year old boy? …eh, the bad part is probably that I was more “hoping” than “expecting…

  20. #20 |  Robert | 

    RE: Go the Fuck to Sleep illustrator authors pamphlet on jury nullification.

    Pretty nice. Except for the part that he says that racist jurys letting off killers of black men is an example of jury nullification. It is not, as those jurys were hand picked by the prosecutors and judges for the specific purpose of doing just that.

  21. #21 |  Matt | 

    @19, that is bad… but still funny.

  22. #22 |  qwints | 

    Neither the prosecutors nor the defense “pick” jurors, they can only move to strike potential jurors either for cause or with one of their limited peremptory strike. A judge has a lot of discretion in striking a juror for cause, but he can’t take away the defenses peremptory strikes.

    In addition, anytime a jury returns a verdict without following the law as given to them by the judge, that is jury nullification regardless of whether the lawyers or the judge secretly wanted them to.

  23. #23 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Ok, I’m not thrilled about paying for war either, but aren’t we missing something? Islamic terrorists have been “at war” with us for decades-since the late 1960’s at least. We did’t start a war with them, they started one with us. We aren’t the ones driving the process.

  24. #24 |  WWJGD | 

    Oh Gawker, when you finally die the horrible death you deserve, I shall mourn the loss of one of the web’s greatest platforms for idiots but also celebrate the inevitable lowering of my blood pressure.

    One of my favorite Gawker posts was from io9’s review of some Ian M Banks book where the villian was a libertarian and the writer used the beautiful line “raw, libertarian lust for personal gain”. http://on.io9.com/PKNZ3

    Below image: Everytime I read Gawker/Giz/io9 commentary on politics
    http://www.plognark.com/Art/Sketches/Blogsketches/2008/thestupiditburns.jpg

  25. #25 |  goober1223 | 

    #11 | Ron | June 30th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    not to defend Gawker, never read them, but I suppose that goober1223 is a totally uinbiased paragon of unvarnished truth?

    Eh? I’m not sure what bias I have as a simple consumer of technological information. I read gizmodo, wired, engadget, and ars technica, with gizmodo having the most sound bites but the lowest amount of actual information. Even if you take away bias as a criticism, they don’t investigate anything. They simply report what’s new, throw in some personal experiences, and move on to the next story. Like I said, good for sound bites, not worth it for substantive information.

    And I never said that I don’t want to go back there ever, I’m just saying that I don’t particularly like their style. I glean what I want from them and move on.

    If you wanted an example, here’s the first thing that I saw on their home page and it perfectly applies:

    Apple iPad Now Has About 100 Awesome Apps and 99,900 Whatever Apps

    Jesus Diaz — The iPad app store is now showing more than 100,000 apps available. That roughly means about one hundred apps that are actually awesome. Which, mind you, it’s about 97 more than everyone else. I don’t give a damn about the rest. [MacStories]

    So, they just want to report that the iPad portion of the iOS app store hit 100,000 apps. That’s all I get from it. Oh, and the author thinks most iOS apps are absolute crap. Oh, and the author things that most other app stores are even more full of absolute crap. And then he just doesn’t care about the rest. This is reporting? No.

    This. is. GAWKER!

  26. #26 |  André | 

    My facebook status is a link to the article on the war’s cost:

    “$4,400,000,000,000 is about $14,000 for every man, woman, child, and retiree in the United States. If you don’t object to the fact that this money is being spent to kill people in developing nations, can you at least object to how expensive it is?”

  27. #27 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ EH,

    I think libertarians do a good job distiguishing. I just don’t think any of the hacks really care to do any research. I do wish the National LP would call out the self professing libertarians like Glenn Beck for being frauds.

  28. #28 |  Highway | 

    Mattocracy, the sad thing is that I think the LP is happy to have crummy hacks like Glenn Beck and Bill Maher out there calling themselves “Libertarians” because they think it’s benefitting them by getting the name out…

    Of course, how many ‘l’ibertarians actually think the LP is much less of a joke than Beck and Maher?

  29. #29 |  Go the Fuck to Jury Duty - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine | 

    [...] Via Radley Balko. [...]

  30. #30 |  Stephen | 

    #3 | Yizmo Gizmo |

    Ya done made my math alert go off. Now I actually have to figure out how far 4 trillion apples would reach. :)

    Assume an average apple is 3 inches wide. 4 trillion of them would reach 1 trillion feet. But now I have to use one of those big number capable calculators which are available on the internet.

    Hard to show the calculations here but basically 4 trillion apples would only reach to our own sun and back.

  31. #31 |  albatross | 

    CSP #23:

    I don’t think it makes sense to group all Muslim terrorists together. AQ, specifically, has been attacking us now and then since the 90s–talking about a war with them isn’t quite the right term, but it’s at least in the right ballpark. Talking about a war with Islamic fundamentalism lasting half a century misses a huge amount of detail–during some of that time, the fundamentalists were our friends (see Saudi Arabia and the anti-Soviet mujahadeen). Most Islamic fundamentalist during most of that time have had little conflict with us, however little they probably love us.

    More to the point, though, most of what we’ve done in the “war on terror” makes no sense, in terms of making us any safer. Invading Iraq was actively harmful to the cause of either getting rid of AQ or making it hard for them to recruit. Fighting wars and blowing people up in the Muslim world is almost certainly a good way to help AQ recruit new members and start new branches. Spending a decade in Afghanistan doing nation building, similarly, seems unlikely to pay off for us.

  32. #32 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ Highway,

    Um, no. I completely and utter disagree that card carrying Libertarians enjoy being associated with either of those two. I’ve been active in the party at muliple levels for a long time and that just is not true.

    In the early 2000’s, the National LP actually released a statement denouncing Bill Maher and asked him to stop referring to himself as a libertarian.

    I wish they would do the same with Beck and afew others. It’d be interesting to see if any media outlets, liberal or not, would pick it up. It might get some readers to actually learn what the party stands for and why people like Beck are poor examples of libertarianism.

  33. #33 |  Mattocracy | 

    Sorry, didn’t mean to be that confrontational.

  34. #34 |  Highway | 

    Well, it’s good to know about the denunciation. Given that media outlets seem to consistently misrepresent libertarianism, I’m not holding my breath about more folks actually finding out about what it’s really about.

  35. #35 |  2nd of 3 | 

    What’s up with the Chris Hansen schadenfreude?

  36. #36 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Re Lisa Baron: This is why smart politicians (and other celebrities) pay ethical call girls such as yours truly who will never reveal their names, instead of getting it for “free” from sleazy trollops who will blab to everyone as soon as it’s convenient to do so.

  37. #37 |  Aaron | 

    When are liberals going to learn that Libertarianism isn’t a branch of fucking conservatism?

    When conservatives stop calling themselves libertarians because it’s cooler?

  38. #38 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    #3 | Yizmo Gizmo |

    Ya done made my math alert go off. Now I actually have to figure out how far 4 trillion apples would reach. :)
    “Hard to show the calculations here but basically 4 trillion apples would only reach to our own sun and back.
    —–
    I was referring to Big Apples.

  39. #39 |  TC | 

    Oh something different and enjoyable, somewhat.

    HPD officer involved in rodeo tear gas incident fired
    By JAMES PINKERTON
    Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle
    June 28, 2011, 10:11PM

    Houston police have fired a veteran officer who was investigated for tossing a tear gas canister at rivals during a Houston Rodeo barbecue cook-off in February, officials confirmed

    Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7631349.html#ixzz1QnRMu1vr

  40. #40 |  Andrew S. | 

    I hate to link to Jezebel, and some of the comments are as mind-numbingly stupid as you’d expect on a Gawker site, but… seriously. WTF?

    http://jezebel.com/5817007/asshole-sheriff-to-parade-female-chain-gang-at-all+star-game

  41. #41 |  Stephen | 

    “I was referring to Big Apples.”

    Hmm… All I found in a quick search was that New York city covers an area of 305 square miles. If I assume it is a circle, the diameter of that circle would be 19.7 miles. (call it 20 to make calculations easier)

    My earlier calculations with regular apples came out to 16.9 light minutes.

    You would think that when you substitute out 3 inch apples for 20 mile apples, it would really matter, right? Next galaxy here we come. (closest galaxy is 25,000 light years away from earth)

    Uh…nope. Using 4 trillion 20 mile wide apples I get a distance of 13.6 light years. Less than two round trips to the nearest star.

  42. #42 |  Stephen | 

    Even if I use the planet Earth as an “apple” I still only get 5,405 light years which only gets us about 20% of the way to the next galaxy. :)

  43. #43 |  Robert | 

    @ 22 “Neither the prosecutors nor the defense “pick” jurors, they can only move to strike potential jurors either for cause or with one of their limited peremptory strike. A judge has a lot of discretion in striking a juror for cause, but he can’t take away the defenses peremptory strikes.”

    In those old cases, the jury was certainly hand picked by the prosecutors and judges. Only white men known to be sympathetic to the defendants were called for the jury pool. When all you have to pick from are white racists, what do you think you end up with? The trials were only for show, with the result predetermined.

  44. #44 |  marco73 | 

    Concerning the amount spent on the wars, sure would like to know when they will publicize how much was spent under the war-monger Bush, and how much, so far, has been spent under Noble Peace Prize recipient Obama. With inflation, and surges, and expansion into Libya and Yeman, I’d bet that Bush has about $2.5 trillion and Obama since January 2009 about $1.5 trillion and counting.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if Obama approached $2.5 trillion by January 2013. Can’t believe this is the kind of math that the MSM would ever publicize.

  45. #45 |  Leonson | 

    I have a huge problem with this from the Gingrich article-

    “A counterfactual account of history appeals especially to people who are disappointed in the real thing. Settled fact is unsatisfying; history as it occurs seems somehow a cheat. It is true that history hasn’t worked out the way Newt Gingrich envisioned it, and this lends poignancy to the moral of his Civil War trilogy.”

    No, it’s just looking at how things could have turned differently based on different decisions. One looking at Hitler’s 3 big mistakes and seeing thinking about how any one of them done differently would have affected the war doesn’t mean I’m disappointed in how WW2 turned out.

    Harry Turtledove writes a lot of counter-factual fiction. Does that mean he secretly wishes the south won the war?

    I’m even more disappointed in myself for reading that far into the article.

  46. #46 |  Buzz | 

    “Why don’t you have a seat over there, Chris Hanson. Karma is delicious.” Yes, no doubt. Anyone who catches pedophiles thinking they have a date with a 11 year old DESERVES to be caught cheating on his wife with a 30 year old woman. Good catch.

  47. #47 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Anyone who catches pedophiles thinking they have a date with a 11 year old DESERVES to be caught cheating on his wife with a 30 year old woman. Good catch.”

    Actually Hanson commonly goes after people thinking they are going to
    meet 15 year olds. Which is decidedly post-pubescent; doctors don’t even consider that a pathology, and certainly not “pedophilia.” Not siding with anyone, just wondering why they keep using 15-year olds, as opposed to children as bait on that stupid show.

  48. #48 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    @#23 CSPS

    We did’t start a war with them, they started one with us.

    This is incorrect. But human interaction is not black and white.

    I’d love to hear from someone who holds the view of “Terrorists started this” if they truly believe this to be true and why. The “and why” is important.

  49. #49 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I feel I should include more info. Let’s take just one (one of many) Islamic state that the US has listed as “terrorist nation” and “Axis of Evil” and Americans claim “We didn’t start a war with them, they started one with us.” Let’s look at Iran.

    1953-CIA backed coup overthrows the popular democratic gov.

    1953-1979 The US Supported a brutal dictatorship. 1000’s murdered by the Shahs secret police the SAVAK.

    1979-81 US hostages taken and released mostly unharmed as American News openned almost every night with a running count of days held hostage.

    1980-1988 Following popular revolution against the US backed dictator, Iran is invaded. The US supported the aggressor in the war that cost Iran 500,000 casualties. Saudi Funded this war.

    The US escorts shipping up and down the gulf, except Iranian, which it allows Iraq to attack

    When Iraq falters in its attack, the US provides chemical weapons and satellite intelligence

    1988- USS ship shoots down a commercial flight operated by Iran Air. refuse to apologize. Gives medals to the shooters. George H. W. Bush declared, “I will never apologize for the United States of America — I don’t care what the facts are” in reference to the incident

    1998 Irans regional neighbours, India/Pakistan get nukes, no longterm sanctions are placed on them.

    2002 USA places Iran in Axis of Evil

    2003 Iran offers full transparency on WMD, aid on the war on terror including HAMAS hizbollah, and co-ordination on Iraq, normalisation of relations. Offer rejected by USA

    2003 US invades countries on Irans borders f**king them up.

    2003-9 Israel calls for Iran to be bombed, launches practice raids.
    –posted on reddit.com by Lard_Baron

    The above list is not comprehensive and doesn’t include hundreds of financial market and industrial actions against Iran by the US. But, Lard_Baron included enough that I keep the post handy.

    You won’t get an argument from me that the state of Iran (being a state) is abusive. That’s not my premise. But any American crying foul in their “War of Terror” looks worse than a flopping French soccer player.

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