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Monday, April 16th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  College Liberal | 

    Glass on Mars? If man wasn’t so destructive he wouldn’t be leaving his empty beer bottles on some other planet and causing that planet to have global warming.

  2. #2 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Cue opportunists selling “Martian Glass” pendants with supposed spiritual qualities in 3…. 2….. 1….

  3. #3 |  Aresen | 

    The Martians may have glass, but what have they got to put in it?

  4. #4 |  Bob | 

    You aren’t selling those already? I get mine locally, but they’re quantum entangled with Martian glass through a ritual that honors Set’Tha, the Martian God of Purity.

    I just tell people that you can’t be too careful. What if you get to heaven and it’s Set’Tha that runs the show there? You don’t want to take any chances with your salvation!

    I accept Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.

  5. #5 |  Stephen Spiker | 

    “Frazier”? For shame.

  6. #6 |  JoseyVales | 

    “Thank goodness we liberated Kuwaitis from tyranny.”

    Yea, should have just let them all get gassed. At least Iraq never executed people.

  7. #7 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Sweetheart tax deals allow companies to keep tax withholdings from worker paychecks.”

    A wealth transfer to the rich. Goddamnit, I feel like such an angry fucking liberal right now. I need to go shoot some guns or something to counter-act this.

  8. #8 |  Jerryskids | 

    Why did I automatically assume the beautifully detailed photo of a critter was going to be a close-up of Nancy Pelosi?

    And I was shocked to read that the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct keeps details of its’ disciplinary hearings secret – I didn’t know they had such a thing as disciplinary hearings. Any chance we can get those for prosecutors and cops?

  9. #9 |  Lior | 

    The former TSA head is being disingenuous when he says it’s broken. He claims that the public wants travel to be convenient and also to be “100% safe”. In fact, the public simply wants to be reasonably safe. The Government wants the public to want to be 100% safe, because such a public is scared and wants more government powers, especially powers the government wants for criminal investigation. As far as I can tell the main goal of the TSA security theatre is to keep the public scared so they give up their rights to privacy and to be free of govenrmetn surveillance in the form of laws such as the PATRIOT act.

  10. #10 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “•Former TSA head says TSA is broken. Great. Thanks.”

    How many experts have to complain before they change their ways?
    It brings to mind the out of control DEA and how they
    make a living stealing cash and property under the guise
    of protecting the public. At least they get to confiscate
    cash and property. TSA confiscates shampoo, nail clippers,
    and scissors. All that power and no loot. How long before they take to the streets?

  11. #11 |  Adrian Ratnapala | 

    So if as state wants to not charge income tax, well that’s fine. But if they don’t charge General Electric, they should not charge the local grocer either.

    But I expect that centuries of precedent show that “Equal protection before the law” doesn’t include cases where the law is about money.

  12. #12 |  Charlie O | 

    Kip Hawley said the TSA job is to manage risk, not enforce regulations. Then why the hell are they spending so much time harassing passengers over things like cash and drugs. What the hell is the TSA doing looking for marijuana and the like. I don’t thing a joint has brought down a single plane, ever. I used fly once, twice a month. Proudly I can say I haven’t set foot on a US airliner since July 2011. I drive or take train now. Had a great vacation to New Orleans last November by taking Amtrak.

  13. #13 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I call strawman on the “Thank goodness we liberated Kuwaitis from tyranny.”. I recall us saying we were defending them from Invasion, which is unarguably true. I don’t recall anybody saying the Kuwaitis were angelic little multiculturalists. I can, in fact, remember stories of Kuwaiti *ssholery at the time. The point wasn’t that Kuwait was Good. The point was that Kuwait wasn’t actively against our interests, and Saddam was.

    If we were going to be Crusaders For Good, we should start just flat out conquering the world and having done with it. Short of that, we defend our interests and maybe take down the occasional psycho. I CERTAINLY don’t want us making decisions on foreign policy by who is nasty to others. I don’t want to live in an Imperial America.

    And for those of you who think we already do, all I can say is that I fear that you haven’t seen ANYTHING. Yet.

  14. #14 |  Kevin | 

    “Michael Press, a Connecticut consultant on tax incentives, says such deals, however troubling, are an inevitable result of the U.S. Constitution setting up competition between the states.”

    Really?? Federalism is the root cause of crony capitalism? That’s an amazing conclusion. I’m sure the federal government is immune from such incentives.

  15. #15 |  Marty | 

    the tax article is a serious nut punch. I need to go sit under my serenity tree and ponder this.

  16. #16 |  Linda | 

    Thanks for the Frasier song link. I always wondered about those strange lyrics.

  17. #17 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Former TSA head says TSA is broken. Great. Thanks.

    I watched a movie yesterday called “Please Remove Your Shoes”. One of the notions advanced in the movie was how much better the TSA would be if it were staffed by professional law enforcement officers, presumably armed and empowered to arrest people. I think that is inevitable. I think we will look back on the current TSA and think, “Those were the good old days”. In case you haven’t noticed, government agencies are becoming ever more militarized. There is no reason to believe that won’t continue.

    The agency motto will change from “Dominate. Intimidate. Control.” to “The beatings will continue until morale improves” (much more accurate than “To protect and serve”). Of course, statistics will show that there will be many fewer incidences of misbehavior by the TSA because, professional law enforcement officers are masters at avoiding complaints, consequences, and admissions of wrong doing.

  18. #18 |  croaker | 

    Kip Hawley Is (Still) An Idiot.

  19. #19 |  el coronado | 

    “Volcanic” glass on Mars my ass. Somebody nuked that site from orbit: it was the only way to be sure. (I’d like to think it was once the location for Mars’ massive Federal government & Bureaucracy, but that’s just me)

    And then they came here and built the pyramids and the secret Antarctic bases, DUH….

  20. #20 |  Eric the .5b | 

    I have to admit, “Great. Thanks.” is about my reaction when I hear about some ex-cop denouncing the drug war.