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Saturday, August 27th, 2011
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32 Responses to “Saturday Links”

  1. #1 |  primus | 

    Which is worse? Bark or Bite?

  2. #2 |  Stephen | 

    That tree picture is hilarious!

  3. #3 |  Whim | 

    If there are three police officers available to respond to a barking dog, then I would assert there are three too many officers on that police force.

  4. #4 |  Mario | 

    Send a polite e-mail to the honorable mayor of Tampa and let him know how shameful his actions are. I did. His office may be reached here.

  5. #5 |  Stick | 

    Politicians are missing the shame gene. Narcissism seems to be their favourite Personality Disorder.

  6. #6 |  derfel cadarn | 

    The man occupying the Whitehouse has LIED so many times,that to continue to be surprised is disingenuous. The fact that Americans tolerate it is what is amazing.

  7. #7 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Regarding the Tampa story: “Sex trafficking” is a new accusation which I predict will get more popular before it fades away, since it’s so easy to implement. Any woman carrying more than one condom, or dressing “provocatively”, or being in certain “wrong” places (as defined by police), or a number of other things, can be accused of prostitution. And once she is, any man with whom she has a close relationship (husband, boyfriend or platonic roommate) can be accused of being her “pimp” and charged with “sex trafficking” so the police can steal his stuff. Of course such charges are nearly impossible to actually prove, but because the government keeps the stuff anyhow that hardly matters.

  8. #8 |  CyniCAl | 

    Wow. Rule 34 even applies to trees. I’d say I’ve seen it all, but who would have seen that one coming?

  9. #9 |  CyniCAl | 

    The word “we” sucks. “You and I” is so much better.

  10. #10 |  Alex | 

    “We”: to be fair, all this “nudge” business is perfectly applicable to actions affecting one’s self. I put the cookies in the high cabinet to make it harder for me, later, to get them down. It’s not necessarily one group versus another.

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    I just got wood.

  12. #12 |  damaged justice | 

    “There is no we without I.”

  13. #13 |  the innominate one | 

    Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn is a piece of shit, which is kind of unfair to shit, which is ecologically important, unlike Buckhorn. Considering how much we Tampons like our strip clubs and the tourism revenue they bring in, it surprises me that Mr. Six foot rule was elected mayor. While on the city council, Bob proposed a rule that no one could come with 6 feet of an unclothed dancer, including another dancer. Makes it hard to tip or for there to be more than one dancer on stage at a time.

  14. #14 |  Highway | 

    That story really makes it sound like Bob Buckhorn basically looked around the city like he was shopping for a car, and then said “Hey, get me that one, it’s roomy, we could get a lot of work done, and it’s safe for my family. Oh, and it looks cool, too.”

  15. #15 |  Judi | 

    Thanks for the RAT pic Radley. Now I’ll have to undergo years of intensive therapy.

  16. #16 |  Judi | 

    Puppycide – Richland, Mississippi -Rankin County – Explains it all.

  17. #17 |  JS | 

    lol that lady tree is smiling!

  18. #18 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    RE: MS Puppycide…
    “At one point, he said one of the officers said to him, ‘We can drag him back outside and put another bullet in his head and end this s—.’ ”

    Well isn’t that charming? Perhaps this officer needs to go hit a punching bag or punch a pillow to work out his manly aggression.

  19. #19 |  the innominate one | 

    JS – how do you know it’s a lady tree? Most flowering plants are hermaphroditic.

  20. #20 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Considering the rat was likely an escaped pet, that story made me feel sad more than horrified. If someone’s dog had gotten out and a public official had stabbed it with a pitchfork for no reason, we’d be calling for his head.

  21. #21 |  Aresen | 

    RE that planet-sized diamond: Liz Taylor’s perfect place for her afterlife.

  22. #22 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @6 – There’s *nothing* in the health care bill forcing any employer to drop existing plans. The difference is now that people who get dropped by their employers from plans are less automatically fucked if they’re ever ill.

    So sorry that offends you.

  23. #23 |  Mattocracy | 

    It was silly for Obama to even make that comment. I have a PPO right now and there has never been a guarantee that any of my doctors would stay in the preferred network. That, and employers have always been free to change insurance providers that could very well change the specialists you see. As much as I dislike Obamacare, the reality of keeping your doctor one way or the other hasn’t really changed.

  24. #24 |  Nick T. | 

    I sort of agree with #22, that article is not very persuasive in making the new Healthcare bill look all that terrible or Obama’s words all that deceitful. And, be aware I say that as someone who strongly dislikes the HCRA and effing DESPISES Obama as a fraud and a liar.

    Ultimately, Obama’s words were a little strong but only because he couldn’t guarantee that your company would continue to offer the same benefits or healthcare plan, or a plan that permitted you to see your doctor etc. But, the law he was supporting did not force you to leave your plan. So he actually pretty much (throwing up in my mouth right now) told the truth there.

  25. #25 |  croaker | 

    @18 Maybe he can work out his manly aggression being someone’s prison bitch for about ten years.

  26. #26 |  Kass | 

    HaHA! In the comments section of the Tampa mayor story: “I don’t agree with forfeiture at all, but it seems to me that if anyone should receive the proceeds, it should be used for restitution to the victims ( after conviction). Did this guy sexually abuse the mayor?” Tee hee.

  27. #27 |  Ken | 

    What would be so bad about people buying their own coverage on the exchanges? Isn’t that what we’ve always wanted — health care to be bought by a cost-conscious consumer like any other consumer product? Seems to me that fundamentally, people buying their own insurance is a Good Thing.

  28. #28 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Obama promise that under ObamaCare you’ll get to keep your current health plan?

    Politician going back on “promise” = dog bites man.

    Anytime you introduce a factor as large as the US Gov providing a service, you cannot “keep your current health plan”. You certainly cannot step into the same river twice, especially after the river has been re-routed by an asteroid the size of Texas has hit it.

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Isn’t that what we’ve always wanted — health care to be bought by a cost-conscious consumer like any other consumer product?

    Ken, how am I (a member of Congress*) supposed to get elected with this kind of thinking?

    *Not an actual member of Congress

  30. #30 |  Sam | 

    So a corporation drops insurance, thus depriving the employee of what they had, and this is Obama’s fault? Not the corporation’s? That’s an interesting interpretation of what that article said.

  31. #31 |  The Mayor’s Pimpmobile « Americans for Forfeiture Reform | 

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