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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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Timed that one just right...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:01 PM (0 replies)

Yes, we’re stuck with Hillary: But we don’t need an Elizabeth Warren-esque savior for a battle of...

Yes, we’re stuck with Hillary: But we don’t need an Elizabeth Warren-esque savior for a battle of ideas


The first question’s easy. Democrats don’t debate policy because they can’t. They can’t because they tell their donors one thing and their base another. This divides policy from message. It’s a situation rich with irony: To pay for populist-themed ads they mortgage themselves to the status quo. Needless to say, when they divvy up the spoils, the donors get policy and the base gets message.

Democrats hate to hear it, but that’s how it went down in 2008. Obama ran on cleaning up Washington and Wall Street, rescuing homeowners, raising the minimum wage and passing a public option. We know what happened next. The homeowners got the ax. The minimum wage, the public option and the ethics reforms got shelved. Wall Street got a get-out-of-jail-free card.


I don’t doubt Warren would light a fire under a movement—she’s done it before—but two things worry me about all such scenarios. First is how tenuous they seem. Second is that they slight what I now see as our most urgent task: building a progressive movement powerful enough to transform our utterly debased and thus wholly ineffectual politics.

No matter who the Democrats or any party may nominate, winning requires an agenda that speaks to the disaffected, a group that now includes most voters. Democrats can’t do it on their own; they’ve neither the tools nor the permission. And regardless of who wins we’ll achieve little without a strong movement to hold the winners to account.


Much more at the link, a very good read.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 10:02 AM (5 replies)

*** DUzy Awards - May 31 - June 8, 2014 ***

TGI…T! And welcome to….


Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!

On an OP by Mira  

Have we seen this gem of a photograph of our President in a bookstore? It warms my heart to see it.

I can just about hear his laugh and feel his joy about winning over these losers

question everything  

1. Curious whether he purchased any (nt)


8. He didn't need to

The White House purchases the highest quality toilet paper on the market. The days of having to tear pages out of Republican books have ended.

Dark n Stormy Knight  

31. That photo is awesome, but it's missing something...

A day-glo orange 1$ clearance sticker on the book.


On an OP by alp227  

Reince Priebus: Hillary is ‘disqualified’ from running for president because of Benghazi

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday argued that Hillary was not even qualified to run for president because Americans had died during a terrorist attack in Benghazi while she was secretary of state. 

In leaked chapter of her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Clinton said that Republicans who “exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country.” 

“I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans,” she wrote. “It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.” 

Speaking to Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday, Priebus accused Clinton of “playing politics with this from the very beginning.” 


Blue Owl  

1. The Fresh Reince of Hot Air


12. Blather, Reince


The Magistrate  

28. Drop The Vowels, Sir, The Name Reads RNC PR BS....

McCamy Taylor  

55. She is "disqualified" because they don't have anyone who can beat her and it isn't fair.

Spitfire of ATJ  

61. When did being "qualified" matter to Republicans?


On an OP by Warren Stupidity  

Men who watch pornography have small


If you watch porn, you probably have a small brain, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows. 

The study, conducted by the Max Plank Institute for Human Development in Berlin, found a significant negative correlation between frequent pornography consumption and grey matter in the brain (that’s the stuff that tells your brain how to react to sensory information.) 

The keyword here is correlation. While the study’s findings are significant, the researchers don’t know if it’s the porn that causes the low grey-matter volume in porn-watchers, or if it’s the other way around. It could be a neurological pre-condition that makes watching porn particularly satisfying. 



7. does it say in which head?

inquiring minds


59. No agree! Post maek me mad!


80. This is why

I do Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles at the same time I watch porn. I figure they cancel each other out, and my brain remains normal sized. 


84. What does watching porn make small on a woman?

I hope it is my butt. I'll start watching more if you say my butt!


On an OP by TheMightyFavog  

Are the reich wingers bitching about Tonight's Cosmos yet?

Tyson is not pulling punches on Climate Change.

Blue Owl  

4. The Neil in their coffin



15. Probably not.

They won't get their talking points until the morning.


OP by mindwalker_i  

My wife just kicked me out of the kitchen

She said that because I had been drinking (just a little mead), I couldn't cur onions. Or mushrooms. WTF?! Guy tries to help make dinner, gets his ass kicked. 


1. Curing onions requires a clear head.


79. It also requires an ice rink, and some brooms. And a couple of Canadians.

But he's going to lose. Onions are too light.

Wayyyy too many DUzys in this thread, I wouldn't want to be accused of curing out the best ones -- so…. DUzy to everyone who posted in the thread! Follow the link and enjoy:


On an OP by undeterred  

Pastor orders female congregants to come to church with no underwear for Christ to enter

There are reports of a Kenyan pastor who has ordered all female congregants to go to the church 'free' - That is without bras and panties for Christ to enter their lives. 

According to kenyan-post.com, Reverend Njohi of the Lord's Propeller Redemption Church in Nairobi reportedly advised female worshippers against wearing any undergarments to the church, calling them ungodly. 

In a meeting chaired by him, a law was passed banning the wearing of inner wears. Njohi claims that when going to church, people need to be free in 'body' and 'spirit' to receive Christ. 

He went ahead to warn members of dire consequences if they secretly put on their inner wears. A member of the church who pleaded anonymity said at last Sunday's service, women dressed as the pastor had ordered without bras and panties. Mothers were also advised to do same and check their daughters when coming to church on Sundays so as to receive Christ too. 

I am not making this up: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-religion-byo-43603.html


1. ahhh, yes....the Sharon Stone worship technique.

Propeller, eh?


2. Commando Christianity. nt

Baitball Blogger  

7. I remember when I thought "genuflect" was a nasty word.

But this is really screwing with my mind.

Wolf Frankula  

5. Lord's Propeller?

This has to be a joke. 



11. .


13. Please turn to page 5 in your missal...


14. "Jiggling for Jesus" is the likely explanation. nt

winter is coming  

17. I always thought that Spanx were the work of the devil. n/t


21. It's now easy to spot the non-repentant. They are sitting with their legs crossed.


23. Locking Christ out with a cross.


On an OP by eridani  

Colorado Weed Sales Raise Huge Amounts in Taxes and Crime Down 10 Percent


All the naysayers who were against marijuana legalization are eating crow about now. Colorado’s weed sales just keep trending up, and with the sales of legal weed, they are improving their schools and reducing overall crime rates. 

Not counting medicinal weed sales, Colorado sold nearly $19 million in their recreational weed market in the month of March, and $1.9 million of that goes straight into government coffers and towards building schools. At this pace, according to PolicyMic, Colorado will make $30 million this year in pot taxes alone. 

What’s even more promising is that these numbers are still low estimates, as the recreational and medicinal marijuana markets (coinciding just fine, take note Washington) are likely to keep trending upward. Many say that a figure closer to $60 million in weed tax revenue is a more likely assumption. Medical marijuana is also not as heavily taxes as recreational marijuana, and hopefully it will stay that way. 

Crime rates in Colorado have dropped by 10.6% while Dunkin Donuts has begun expanding its brand in the state (really). It looks like a really good future for people living in Colorado, or any state that legalizes both medical and recreational marijuana – though it is admittedly too early to tell.The cherry on top of this tax-generating cake? Crime rates are also down in Colorado, so while kids are hopefully going to get a better education, the government (idealistically) will spend more money improving infrastructure and other business opportunities for Colorado citizens, and unemployment rates are plummeting. The Colorado police can take a little rest from their duties.


12. "Come on Tennessee, don't let Colorado bogart all the good legislation!"

Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 
Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 

Tax another one, 
Just like the other one, 
Colorado's been makin' cash 
Tennessee now needs a stash! 

Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 
Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 

Taaaaaxxxxx another one, 
Just like the other one, 
We want what you got, too 
To increase our revenue 

Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 
Don't bogart that joint, Denver 
Pass it on to Nashville! 


On an OP by n2doc  

Professor With Incredible Beard Fired For Unknowingly Appearing On A Beer Bottle

I don’t have a strong facial hair game. It’s quite poor. I’m not proud of it, but those were just the cards I was dealt. Paul Roof, however, is not a man who suffers from the same debilitating circumstances that I do. 

Roof is an associate professor at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. He is also the proud owner of an incredible beard, one that leads him to enter competitions across the nation. 

At a competition in New Orleans, Roof’s impeccably styled beard was photographed by a professional photographer, and unbeknownst to him, was subsequently discovered by Holy City Brewing. The brewery, also located in the Charleston area, seemed to have a bit of an infatuation with the image, and it chose to use the photograph on the label for its Chucktown Follicle Brown beer, which is an awfully named beer to say the least. 

Roof was fired recently, thanks to the brewery’s use of the image and its promotion of a “non-Christian environment.” In fact, Roof had no idea his imagine was used in the marketing of the beer until he was fired, claiming he gave no one permission to use his photograph. He also stated he never received any form of compensation. 



1. "Prof. says beard, beer got him canned at CSU"

Isn't that a better headline? 

From Charleston Post and Courier 

Love some headline writers. 


2. Probably a lawsuit brewing.

He'd should hop on this. They could have at yeast asked him before using his image.


4. I could see this issue coming to a head.

A good lawyer would pour over this case .


8. I'm sure he fermently disagrees with his firing

I Amstel at a loss myself.


12. I barley understand it myself.

winter is coming  

6. Next, they'll fire someone for letting their collie appear in a painting of dogs playing poker. n/t


14. Put those cards down, Lassie--Timmy's in the well!!!


OP by David Zephyr  

A Better Trade: One Taliban Prisoner for This Single American Deserter.


2. We get the Taliban ...

member, right?


On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

Pope to Couples: have kids, not pets or be bitter and lonely in old age

Pope to Couples: Have Kids, Not Pets 
Lonely old age looms otherwise, he says 

Married couples who raise pets instead of little Catholics are destined for a bitter, lonely old age, according to Pope Francis. At mass yesterday, he said a "culture of wellbeing" had convinced people that "it's better not to have children"—because that way you can travel; "you can have a house in the country and be carefree," the Guardian reports. "Maybe it is better, more convenient, to have a little dog, two cats; and the love goes to the two cats and the little dog," he continued, but such a marriage will lead to "old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fertile; it does not do what Jesus does with his church: he makes it fertile." 


Baitball Blogger  

21. Criminy. Now he's pissed off the cats.


62. ...


OP by SomethingFishy  

Dear Mr Open Carry,

I understand you feel a need to carry your weapon to some of the most dangerous places on the planet. You know, Target, Chipotle, Wal-Mart. After all you never know when an IED is going to go off in the housewares section. 

The problem lies in the fact that I can't tell you apart from the lunatics. When I see someone with a real gun in a toy store my brain automatically thinks "batshit crazy". 

Now I understand that there is a difference between you and the batshit crazy guy, but I can't tell just by looking. Is there some way you folks can identify yourselves as the "good guy with a gun". Frankly, most of you, when you strap your big old semi-auto onto your back and march into a McDonalds for lunch, wearing your American Flag shorts, and "don't tread on me" t-shirt look batshit crazy to me. So maybe there is some kind of uniform you can wear, or a sign or something, anything, to differentiate you the responsible "good guy with a gun" in Kroeger to the batshit crazy guy in Kroeger with a gun. 

Look this would be a public service, you could wear a uniform like a cop or a soldier or maybe you can get Curtis Sliwa to design you a special beret! 
Look all I'm saying is I can't tell the difference between you the "good guy with a gun" or Jeffery Fucking Dhamer. You all look crazy to me. So how bout a little help eh?


4. A clown suit would be an appropriate uniform, I think.


5. Most appropriate signifier?-- make them wear a Dunce cap.... n/t


103. I was thinking about the same - a beanie cap with a propeller

Lined with tinfoil to keep those evil g'mint rays from probing the wet mass between their ears. 

Or, of course they'd look sweet in this pretty outfit.


7. Since they have issues in this area anyway...

The open carry activists who consider themselves "good guys" could identify themselves by wearing large prosthetic phalluses, like those worn in penis processions in certain Greek and Japanese festivals. In Greece, they often add goat bells at the base of the shaft, so you can hear them approaching. 
An added bonus: those of us who are apprehensive about "open carry" would have notice to leave or hide at the sound of goat bells.


On an OP by KansDem  



C'mon, Denver! C'mon, Cleveland! C'mon Dallas! You want the 2016 Republican convention, don't you? C'mon! Chime in! Make it happen! Do it now! 

You know you do! 


1. The strip clubs in those cities do.


On an OP by question everything  

Man gives CPR to a squirrel

Thank you, from another squirrel lover.. 



1. Hope he remembered his ABCs.

Airway, Breathing, Chipmunk.


On an OP by raccoon  

How do you say "No problema?" in French? nt


3. Chablis.


On an OP by Skidmore  

11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox.

Because...we need to do something besides navel gazing for just a few minutes. This is a fun read. 


11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox 

George Dvorsky 

Most people take it for granted that we have yet to make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. Trouble is, the numbers don’t add up. Our Galaxy is so old that every corner of it should have been visited many, many times over by now. No theory to date has satisfactorily explained away this Great Silence, so it’s time to think outside the box. Here are eleven of the weirdest solutions to the Fermi Paradox. 

There's no shortage of solutions to the Fermi Paradox. The standard ones are fairly well known, and we’re not going to examine them here, but they include the Rare Earth Hypothesis (the suggestion that life is exceptionally rare), the notion that space travel is too difficult, or the distances too vast, the Great Filter Hypothesis (the idea that all sufficiently advanced civilizations destroy themselves before going intergalactic), or that we’re simply not interesting enough. 

But for the purposes of this discussion, we’re going to look at some of the more bizarre and arcane solutions to the Fermi Paradox. Because sometimes it takes a weird explanation to answer a weird question. So, as Enrico Fermi famously asked, “Where is everybody?” 


1. Maybe the buses are just late


2. We’re Made Out of Meat

From the Nebula Award-nominated short story, “They’re Made Out of Meat” by Terry Bisson: 


"They're made out of meat." 


"Meat. They're made out of meat." 


"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat." 

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?" 

"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines." 

"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact." 

"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines." 

"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat." 

"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat."

A little while later: 

"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?" 

"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat." 

"I thought you just told me they used radio." 

"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat." 

"Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?" 

"Officially or unofficially?" 


"Officially, we are required to contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe, without prejudice, fear or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing." 

"I was hoping you would say that." 

"It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?" 

"I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? 'Hello, meat. How's it going?'

Xipe Totec  

4. On Earth, meat beats you! nt


On an OP by taterguy  

I'm back

I'd like to see a dozen threads expressing opinions on my departure and return. 



28. YOU were one of the Gitmo prisoners that was exchanged?

Dang. Didn't see that one coming.


On an OP by steve2470  

Giant 3-foot-long rats invade Florida Keys


MIAMI – Flamingos, manatees — and rats the size of toaster ovens. Yep, the list of animals Florida is best known for is about to grow by one. But unlike the other two, the Gambian pouched rat isn’t likely to be featured on any tourism brochures or commemorative keychains. 

The giant non-native rodent has invaded the Florida Keys and it will. Not. Go. Away. 

Despite ongoing efforts to eradicate (e-rat-icate? Eh???) it from Grassy Key since 2007, new sightings confirm the rat — once thought to be on its last freakishly large legs — is harder to kill than Chris Brown’s career. 

Not that it’s too hard to catch sight of one of these guys. Adult Gambian pouched rats weigh about 3 or 4 pounds and average 2 to 3 feet long, not counting their tails.


5. Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.


On an OP by phantom power  

Larry Summers: Helping Homeowners Would Have Hurt Banks

I have a review of Mian and Sufi’s House of Debt out today, and so does Larry Summers. His review is very strange. It starts off with almost unvarnished praise for the book, saying “it could be the most important book to come out of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession.” He celebrates their data collection, largely agrees with their alternative rendering of the causes of the crisis, and pronounces it “a major contribution” that should give pause to what Mian and Sufi call “the banking view” of the crisis, essentially that the economy hinges on protecting and saving the financial system. 

And then, Summers calls them naive and says they didn’t understand the reality of what policymakers faced in 2008 and 2009. Specifically, he says that “We all believed in 2009 what Mian and Sufi have now conclusively demonstrated – that reducing mortgage debt would spur consumer spending,” saying they did not have a narrow banking view of crisis response. Yet almost every one of Summers’ objections - to supporting bankruptcy judges rewriting terms of primary mortgages, to forcing principal write-downs, to buying underwater mortgages through a Home Owners Loan Corporation-type structure - comes with the warning that the preferred policy of mortgage debt relief would hurt the banks. 


How does this not reflect a “banking view” of the world? The objections are that relieving homeowner debt would put losses on banks, chill future lending and hurt banks’ capital positions. This is precisely what Mian and Sufi attack in the book! First off, they argue that it makes no sense to want to spur lending into a deeply indebted economy. They also add that “The idea that financial firms should never take losses is indefensible.” Their entire point is that the losses from the housing bubble collapse were poorly distributed through the system, heaped on those who lost the most in net worth and had the highest marginal propensity to spend. Meanwhile, those most equipped to absorb the losses, those who finance the banking system, were relatively untouched. This is the PRECISE CAUSE, in Mian and Sufi’s view, why the recovery has been so sluggish: the families who couldn’t withstand heavy losses took the brunt of them, and they had to cut back, and demand suffered. 

It’s extremely weird that Summers says House of Debt should inform policy responses, and then gives all the reasons why it can’t inform the last policy response. Summers is effectively saying, “We didn’t have a banking view! It’s just that mortgage debt relief would hurt the banks.” In a way, that is nicely revealing. People long suspected that the White House economic team’s policy response foregrounded the idea of protecting the banks at all costs, with homeowners a secondary concern at best. Summers just said it out loud. 



1. Every bank was sacred, every bank was great....

if a bank is wasted, god gets quite irate... 


On an OP by doxydad  

Ass Hat Tony Perkins: Christians forced to bake cakes for gays like forcing Jews into Nazi ovens

Another religious right leader invoked Holocaust imagery to complain about a recent civil rights ruling in Colorado. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke Thursday with the attorney of a baker who lost his court battle to refuse service to LGBT customers who ordered cakes to celebrate their legal same-sex marriages. 

The state’s Civil Rights Commission last week upheld an administrative judge’s finding that Christian bakery owner Jack Phillips had violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination statutes. Attorney Nicolle Martin, of the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Perkins the ruling was part of an ongoing “witch hunt” against Christians, reported Right Wing Watch. 

Perkins reached for a more recent historical analogy to compare the state’s actions to Nazi Germany. 

“I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next?” Perkins wondered aloud. “When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?” 

I've said it before, I reiterate: If it has FAITH, FAMILY, FOX or FREEDOM in the Title, it's a fuckin' TeapubliKKKan TRAP.


1. I liked him better

when he was just dressing up like his mother and stabbing people...


On an OP by WillyT  

Cable Companies Are Astroturfing Fake Consumer Support To End Net Neutrality - Vice

By Lee Fang - Vice 
June 5, 2014 

Consumer advocates everywhere are demanding that the Federal Communication Commission continue down its current path for shelving net neutrality and allowing a two-tiered internet. That is, if cable company-created front groups and other industry-funded organizations are to be believed. 

The controversy, at the moment, rests on a legal distinction. A federal lawsuit filed by Verizon has forced the FCC into a corner by creating a standard under which effective net-neutrality rules­­—which ensure all internet traffic is treated equally—can only be reached, according to most analysts, by classifying the internet as a "common carrier," or in other words, a public utility. Such a distinction would allow the FCC to demand that internet service providers, like Comcast or Verizon, are not allowed to create internet slow lanes and fast lanes. 

To the surprise of probably no one, ISPs are enraged at the prospect of being classified as a utility and are fighting back. But the attacks are not fully transparent. Many of the organizations protesting a move toward classifying ISPs as a utility, which is the only likely option for enacting net neutrality, are funded by the ISP lobby. 

Take this opinion column by former Republican Senator John Sununu and former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford in the San Francisco Chronicle. The pair argues that reclassification would lead to "chronic underinvestment" in broadband services while threatening job loss. The disclaimer running under their byline says they are honorary co-chairs of Broadband for America, which the paper describes as "a coalition of 300 internet consumer advocates, content providers, and engineers." 

A disclosure obtained by VICE from the National Cable and Telecom Association (NCTA), a trade group for ISPs, shows that the bulk of Broadband for America's recent $3.5 million budget is funded through a $2 million donation from NCTA. Last month, Broadband for America wrote a letter to the FCC bluntly demanding that the agency “categorically reject” any effort toward designating broadband as a public utility. It wasn't signed by any internet consumer advocates, as the Sununu-Ford letter suggests. The signatures on the letter reads like a who's who of ISP industry presidents and CEOs, including AT&T's Randall Stephenson, Cox Communications' Patrick Esser, NCTA president (and former FCC commissioner) Michael Powell, Verizon's Lowell McAdam, and Comcast's Brian Roberts. 

Notably, Broadband for America's most recent tax filing shows that it retained the DCI Group, an infamous lobbying firm that specializes in creating fake citizen groups on behalf of corporate campaigns. 



1. John Sununu and Harold Ford

Two cheeks on the same asshole.


On an OP by struggle4progress  

How can we here at DU blame California Chrome's defeat today on Obama?


3. He played the . . .

RACE card !


8. I knew we wouldn't have to wait furlong. nt


13. You could ask it in a question, like Fox News does.


86. We're just asking equestrians!


104. In Before The Fetlock!

Nearly a dozen DUzy nominations in this thread… follow the link, it'll make you laugh till you're peeing like a racehorse! DUzy to all who replied!


On an OP by 47of74  

Man shoots self in penis with girlfriend’s pink pistol, charges possible



CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police are preaching firearms safety after a Chandler man accidentally shot himself in the penis with his girlfriend's little pink pistol. 

It happened last week outside a grocery store near Elliot and Alma School roads. 

According to Chandler police, Joshua Seto, 27, was tucking the little gun – reportedly a Taurus 380 Compact Pistol similar to the one pictured above – into his waistband as he walked toward the store with his girlfriend, Cara Christopher. 

The gun went off. The bullet hit Seto's penis and continued through his left thigh.

Is it wrong of me to hope the organ is permanently damaged as the price for being so stupid? 


2. Well, isn't it just the most LADYLIKE little thing?

Too cute to be harmful, let alone lethal. 

But I have to wonder why HE was packing HER gun as they were walking toward a STORE. Should the "charges possible" include "conspiracy to commit robbery?" 

Joshua Seto was Under Influence of Prescription Drugs When He Shot Himself in Penis, Cops Believe 


Cops who responded to the August 2 incident reported that Joshua Seto, 27, seemed too calm and oblivious to pain, says Chandler Sergeant Joe Favazzo. The officers thought the man was impaired by prescription drugs... 

Police say the man and his girlfriend had been on their way to the store at about 7:30 p.m. when the woman pulled her pink .380 caliber, semi-automatic Taurus, specially made to promote breast cancer awareness, from her purse...Seto took the gun and jammed into his waistband, where it went off... 

The couple didn't immediately drive to a hospital, instead walking to a bench at the parking lot. Someone else prompted the man's girlfriend...to call 911...


7. And now pink guns will promote penis piercing awareness.

I think women who buy pink guns are falling for the most stupid marketing gimmicks. Ashamed of my gender.


3. Brain injury, huh?


9. A real man would have blown his dick and balls off with a .44 magnum


10. Pink Pistol Packing Paramore

Plugs Penis Pushing Piece in Pants 


On an OP by Ichingcarpenter  

The War on Drugs ......WTF?


3. Arpaio must be hung like a hummingbird.


4. Oversize Load, that's for sure.


7. not in his pants, for sure


10. Well that "Depends" on...

...what sort of load you are referring to.


18. /fixed


On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

drunken downfall of beloved artist thomas kinkade


Drunken downfall of America's most loved evangelical artist whose works hung in twenty million homes: Thomas Kinkade was found dead after overdosing on valium and booze 
Kinkade's 2012 death was caused by an accidental overdose from ethanol and Diazepam intoxication 
The troubled artist had a history of alcohol abuse and in many cases made drunken scenes 
In one instance, Kinkade urinated on a Disney character while yelling 'this one's for you, Walt' 
Former employees say the Disney incident was the beginning of what Kinkade called 'ritual territorial urination' 

7. his later, Star Wars stuff was genius


'til next week...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 02:31 AM (18 replies)

*** DU Essays: April 22 - May 28, 2014 ***

In case you missed them, here are some original essays by DUers over the past month:

My story can be found on page 137 of 'How to Destroy the Middle Class' playbook ....

All I want is for the Democrats to watch my back -- without a knife in hand

"There's nothing to forgive, she was sick." (LONG)

I said this last year and it deserves repeating. We didn't fight for your freedom.

Misandry is real, misandry is out there...


EDIT 1: Please ADD TO THIS LIST if you've seen an original DU essay you consider to be a good read.. (Look through your own list of posts you've recommended!) then reply to this post or PM me a link, and I'll edit this post to include your recommendation (or add it to the next DU Essays post). I'm going to do this bi-weekly for awhile and see how it goes. Thanks for the help, everyone!

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Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 02:54 PM (4 replies)

*** DUzy Awards - May 24-30, 2014 ***

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On an OP by OhioChick  

Rare snow leopards born at Akron Zoo: Cuteness Alert

Posted: 12:16 PM, May 28, 2014 

AKRON, Ohio - Two rare snow leopard cubs were born at the Akron Zoo last month, the zoo announced Wednesday. 

The cubs, a male and a female, make the second time their parents Shanti and Roscoe have had a successful litter. The two males born to the couple in 2012 live at zoos in Michigan and Rhode Island. 

The new cubs and their mother Shanti will remain indoors until late June or July, when they will be healthy enough to go back into their exhibit. 

The Akron Zoo staff was one of the first in the country to use training, instead of anesthesia, to perform ultrasounds and monitor the cubs' development while they were in Shanti's womb. 



5. They're cute, until they are ripping you to shreds.

What am I saying? They're cute even when they are ripping you to shreds. 

The Velveteen Ocelot  

11. There's no leopards I know...

Everything about them is appealing 

Everything their little fangs can chew 

Nowhere could you have that happy feeling 

When they aren't eating every bit of you...


On an OP by ashling  

Box O Cats


1. This is exactly what gay marriage leads to. nt


On an OP by KamaAina  

American Family Association: Don't Open Letters With Harvey Milk Stamp


Incensed by the release of a postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the American Family Association is urging its members not only to avoid purchasing the stamp…but to refuse to accept or open any letter or package postmarked with one. 

1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag. 

2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write 'Return to Sender" on the envelope and tell your postman you won't accept it. 

In his daily email alert yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also attacked the Obama administration for issuing the stamp, linking the move to the imprisonment of a Sudanese mother who is facing the death penalty for her conversion to Christianity: “(T)he Obama administration -- which had more than enough time to throw a party in honor of homosexual activist Harvey Milk -- hasn't had a spare second to demand the freedom of two of America’s youngest citizens.”

That address once again: 

American Family Association 
P.O. Drawer 2440 
Tupelo, MS 38803 


2. Write "donation inside" on the envelope

See how fast they open it.


4. ROFL!

Here's the donation: 


34. LOL! That's a great idea.

And the "donation inside" should be a sheet of Harvey Milk stamps.


8. If you happen to mail them something with the Harvey Milk stamp

make sure you not only put their address on the body of the envelope, but put their address in the return address section as well. That way when they refuse the letter it will come back to them anyway.

Prophet 451  

52. I have a vision of this ending in court

Yr'honour, I couldn't open the bill because it had a Harvey Milk stamp on it"

Blue Owl  

54. Remind the AFA that the milk they drink is homogenized



64. It's a plot by the Post Office to get us to lick a gay man.

(I think it's actually self-stick. So if you lick it, it's because you want to.)


76. Remember all the trouble people had with the Ronald Reagan stamp?

They kept spitting on the front of it...


78. No, but I do remember a rubber stamp you could get

to put Tricky Dick behind bars


On an OP by ErikJ  

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy Clippers for $2 billion

Source: LA Times

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with his $2-billion offer setting a record price for an NBA team, The Times has learned. 

Ballmer, who was chief executive of Microsoft for 14 years, was chosen over competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the Geffen group bid $1.6 billion and Ressler at $1.2 billion. The sale price is almost four times the highest previous NBA franchise sale price -- the $550 million paid earlier this month for the Milwaukee Bucks. It is second only to the Dodgers 2012 sale for $2.1 billion as the highest price for any sports team in North America. 

The prospective sale by Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling comes five days ahead of an NBA hearing to oust her family from ownership following a controversy in which Donald Sterling insulted African-Americans in a secret audio recording. 

The tentative deal still must receive the blessing of her husband, Donald Sterling, .........................



1. He got ripped off.

About a billion should have been more than enough. We are, after all, talking about the junior team in the market, sort of like the Brooklyn Nets vis-a-vis the Knicks. He just enriched the racist scum by an additional billion. 

edit: On the other hand, it is entirely possible that Ballmer intends to move the team to Seattle, which got royally hosed when Clay Bennett moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City (!), where, as the Thunder, they are presently contending for the West title.


9. "The Seattle Blue Screens" ...


23. Maybe they could resurrect

Clippy, and use him as a mascot! 


24. Anyone inside the costume would not be able to get life insurance

They could use him tactically, I suppose - keep him hidden, but if it's clear they're going to lose, bring him out, and there's a guaranteed riot as fans of both sides storm the court to rip him apart.


27. That's a funny thought:

"It looks like you're trying to block a 3-point shot. Would you like help with that?"


On an OP by joeybee12  

Michael Vick: I can help the Jets get to a Super Bowl

Jets quarterback Michael Vick may be a backup, but he’s a backup with a lot of confidence in what he can bring to his team. 

“I just feel like I can help any football team, any organization, particularly this football team, get to a Super Bowl,” Vick told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “It’s tough at this stage of my career because I still feel like I’m a fairly young player and I can still keep up. People make it seem like I’m getting older and things are not the same. I beg to differ.” 

Vick has never been to a Super Bowl, which he says is because he has never been on a team that had all the pieces in place. But he thinks the Jets may be that team. 

“Sometimes, I feel like I’ve been dealt the short end of the stick because I haven’t had all those components over the years,” he said. “I never complained because this is an unbelievable league, it’s a great league and I’ve been blessed to play in it. Of course, I wish I had a Super Bowl and wish I could have accomplished more things. But, hey, I still got an opportunity and that’s what I am thinking.” 


Yeah, maybe he can help the Jits get there if he goes to another team!


2. How? By driving them to Minneapolis on a dogsled?


On a Poll by arely staircase  

what do you rhink the legal age to consent sex should be?

winter is coming  

1. Old enough to use spell check. n/t


OP by uppityperson  

Let me tell you about Women

Most have XX chromosomes and are homo sapiens. 

Let me tell you about Men. 

Most have XY chromosomes and are homo sapiens. 


11. Nope, it's easy to tell 'em apart.

Just ask them to pull down their "genes". 

Thank you, I'll be here all week, tip your servers....


OP by Recursion  

The one image that best sums up misandry


6. I, and am sure many here don't 'get it'

misogyny is hatred of women...misandry is hatred of men...what doe this show?


7. As a hint, this is a train derailment (nt)


On an OP by Katashi_itto  

Christian host on transgender rights: ‘Liberals demand public access to rape your girls’

Is it me or are RWers getting more and more violent with their rhetoric on the average? Like they are trying to push a conflict? I keep thinking of Rwanda more and more 

Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Navy chaplain who turned to hosting a Christian Internet show after being court martialed, warned his followers this week that liberals wanted to visually “rape your girls” by giving transgender people equal rights. 

In an email to supporters over the weekend, Klingenschmitt lashed out at a recent Maine Supreme Court ruling that said a transgender girl should be able to use the school bathroom that corresponded to her gender. 

“‘Transgenders’ want your children,” he wrote in the email obtained by Right Wing Watch. “Liberals demand public access to rape your girls, at least visually in public bathrooms, or to expose themselves to your girls at school, without parental consent or protection of any kind.” 

Klingenschmitt advised parents in Maine to “immediately remove their children from public schools, and teach them at home.” 



1. "Expose themselves to your girls at school, without parental consent..."

That cracks me up and seems a little Freudian.


13. I take he's not aware women's washrooms have privacy stalls?


14. He probably thinks they have urinals

Maybe even long troughs like the old military latrines.


20. The only response to that is to wonder aloud whether he comes up with this stuff...

...when he's molesting livestock, or when he's molesting thorny desert plants. 

"Chaps" indeed. 


38. He should be more concerned that someone has stolen his neck.

That, at least, is based in reality.


On an OP by hrmjustin  

Pagan God From Bronze Age Caught By Unsuspecting Fisherman In Siberia

Yasmine Hafiz 

Nikolay Tarasov was fishing in a river near his home in Tisul, in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, when he caught something unexpected- and very old. 

"Me and a friend were walking on the river bank with nets, when suddenly it got stuck with something," he said. "I found the object, freed the net and was about to throw it back in the water - but at the last second I looked at it more closely," he told The Siberian Times. "And I saw a face. I stopped and washed the thing in the river - and realized it wasn't a stone of an unusual shape, as I thought earlier - but a statuette." 



5. Who knew Don Rickles was once a pagan god?


On an OP by al_liberal  

How in this day and age does anyone become a great orator?

If Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech today would he be able to do what he did? How about Lincoln? How about Churchill? Or Eisenhower just before D-Day? 

My question is how can one person make as big of an impact as they did in their time given the poisoned media we have today?


1. Well, hand notes obviously don't help


7. Today's great orators need to make their point in 140 characters or less.

We have a Twitter-brained populace.


11. That hasn't helped Palin

She did all her policy White Papers in 140 characters, but somehow, inexplicably, we didn't make her VP. 


12. But her word-salad speeches go on endlessly. nt


On an OP by DonViejo  

Joe The Plumber To UCSB Parents: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump' My Guns

Source: TPM

TOM KLUDT – MAY 27, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT 

Samuel Wurzelbacher gave his condolences this week to the families of the victims of the mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara. But no tragedy is going to stop "Joe The Plumber" from defending the Second Amendment. 

In an open letter published Tuesday on the website Barbwire, Wurzelbacher went out of his way to explain to the victims' parents that the deaths won't undermine his "Constitutional rights." 

"I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now," wrote Wurzelbacher, who became something of a mascot for John McCain's failed 2008 presidential campaign. "But: As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights." 

Wurzelbacher singled out Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was one of the six students killed by Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, Calif. Since the deadly rampage, Martinez has twice railed against politicians and the National Rifle Association for the failure to pass new gun laws after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 




6. "Joe the Plumber;" someone else we can thank John McCain for

right up there with the Klondike Kardashian


On an OP by doxydad  

Joe The Plumber Says Guns Are For Hunting Down Politicians

Joe the Plumber (Samuel Wurzelbacher) channeled his inner Jared Loughner this week by declaring on his web site that the most important reason for having guns is to hunt down politicians. On his Joe for America web page, he gave a list of reasons for why guns are needed, ending with this commentary: 

And – this is the most important one: 

Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians who would actively seek to take your freedoms and liberty away from you. 


I personally am goddamn tired of this ass hat, and his lunatic gun nuttery. Wasn't his '15 minutes of TeapubliKKKan Fame' up when he accepted a union based job? 
Move on, douche, you're yesterdays nothing, along with Rove and Palin.

Blue Owl  

4. O Joey boy, the pipes, the pipes are clogging...



On an OP by alp227  

Guns, ammo seized at UC Santa Barbara student's Isla Vista apartment

Source: LA Times

Sheriff's deputies arrested a UC Santa Barbara student this week on charges of accidentally discharging his gun, narrowly missing striking a neighbor with a bullet, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. 

Kevin Tym, 21, admitted to deputies that he was playing with his legally owned Glock when it discharged about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, shooting through his neighbor's wall in the 6500 block of Pardall Road, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

The bullet was apparently deflected off a TV stand and lodged in a wall, just missing his neighbor, sheriff's officials said. 

The incident occurred hours before a memorial was planned at UC Santa Barbara for six students who were killed in Friday's deadly rampage through Isla Vista, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger stabbed three students, shot three others and injured 13 before apparently killing himself.


And what's the neighbor supposed to do, shoot back thru a non transparent wall?


3. Why can't these assholes play with their dicks instead of playing with guns? Geez. nt


5. I think you answered your own question right there.


6. Because the discharge would be even faster n/t


OP by EarlG  

Pic Of The Moment: Window Into The Mind Of A Gun Nut

GOP Senate Candidate: UCSB Shooting An 'Unfortunate Accident' 



6. Iowa Republicans felt like Sarah Palin came across as too much of an intellectual, so

this clown emerged as the front-runner for the Repuke Senate candidacy.

toby jo  

16. "Sarah Palin came across as too much of an intellectual"

ok, so there's some words put together like I'd never thought I'd see.


22. Better watch out for her, though--she "grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm!"

Her motto? "Let's make 'em SQUEAL!!!" 

No, I am not shitting you:


OP by MrScorpio  

It's time, everyone, for another edition of ASK MrScorpio...

This is going to be a delayed reaction edition, as I am signing off right now. 

Please leave your questions and musings and I promise to answer each and every response as soon as I get back.

As always, I do not guarantee that you will like any of my answers, but I do promise that your questions will be carefully considered and answered in an honest fashion. 

Be daring, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

Peace out.


1. Sometimes when I get up for a late-nite drink of water, ...

I turn on the light to find that I have disturbed my cat using the litter box. 

Is the look on her face more: 
A) "Hey, asshole! Turn off the light! It's 3 fuckin' AM!!!" 
B) "Hey, asshole! A little privacy???"


6. C) Touch my Skittles and lose a finger/


4. Dear Mr. Scorpio,

it is said youth is wasted on the young. Does it follow therefore that experience enlightens the elderly? 
Sign me, 
Almost to retirement and therefore 'elderly'


10. Dear Dyed, Old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time.

You can get away with being much more evil in your later years than you can when you're young. 

Also, the consequences are much shorter lived. 

Give in, give in to the POWAH of the Dark Side. 

Join me, and together, we shall rule the galaxy as the evilest of bastards.


26. Dear Mr. Scorpio: What's your sign? nt


27. Joe's Bar and Grill...

With Pizza Hut rising.


28. maybe I am late but I gotta know

what was your first reaction when you saw the clip of Iowan Joni Ernst's political ad discussing how she castrated hogs? 

1) narghhhhunhhh 

2) brilliant! 

3) WTF? FTW? 

4) hide this quick 

5) other - describe


31. Bacon! nt


OP by Blue_Tires  

Another victory in President Obama's war on education:


1. Is that the Fox affiliate?


3. The five arrested were integers but...

there may be be some fractional components that are still on the loose! 

Police say, "It just doesn't add up". They believe "New Math" was being used. 

Nationwide, Chaos theory is under investigation. However, many Republicans do not believe it even exists. 

More at 11. 


4. My question is...

Did you Googol that?


On an OP by TexasTowelie  

In Israel, Ted Cruz blasts Palestinians and Obama administration

Source: Jerusalem Post

WASHINGTON – Visiting Israel, Sen. Ted Cruz placed blame Monday for the recent failure of peace talks squarely on Palestinians, and their refusal to renounce terror and to affirm Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. 

That, he said, is the “principal impediment to peace,” the Jerusalem Post reported. 

He also was deeply critical of President Obama and his administration, asserting that his main approach in the region is “to criticize and harangue and pressure the Israeli government,” the Post reported. 

He criticized the U.S. administration for pressuring Israel on the issue of settlements in the Palestinian territory. Those, Cruz said, are “a question for the government of Israel,” adding that it’s not America’s role “to try to impose a policy about where Israeli settlements are located and where they’re not.”



7. Has he been eating green eggs and ham again?


trusty elf  

17. ........


12. Badmouthing the Commander in Chief in a time of war on foreign soil

If Teddy Cruz doesn't like the way we do things in America then he should go back to Canada.


31. Used!

I'm sorry BlueStateguy but in Canada we don't take back used defective goods after 30 days!! You guys are stuck with him!!!


On an OP by Aerows  

Greenwald said that he will release the names of Americans that were spied upon

I'm going to wait for that to happen, but I expect that will be explosive. 

Just remember - the government should not have been doing this in the first place, and if they get stung by doing illegal things, an average American would have been in jail for doing it.

winter is coming  

1. It might be quicker to release a list of people *not* being spied on. n/t


22. I have that list right here! Read below...


On an OP by bigtree  

Barack and Hillary Lunchin' (WH press losing their minds over not being told in advance)

Olivier Knox ‏@OKnox 3m 

White House official: “The President enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon.” 



1. Yeah, but according to some it's a "secret meeting".


3. She had the original long form Kenyan birth certificate. He had the Benghazi smoking


They burned them in the Rose Garden, together, and went off to plan our takeover of Ukraine. Victoria Nuland baked cookies for dessert.


5. Hillary brought her interior designer with her and was measuring the windows for new curtains

and the rwnj's are pissed


On an OP by bigtree  

Prez Needs a Helmet or Something

President Barack Obama greets White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit participants in the the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was cancelled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) 

Remarks by the President at the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit 



1. That's up to him and Michelle

He does already have two kids.


2. above the belt, itsrobert


On an OP by Judi Lynn  

Florida may be forced to redraw political districts before midterms

Source: Washington Post

Florida may be forced to redraw political districts before midterms 
By Sarah Ferris 
May 30 at 1:55 pm 

A redistricting battle that has gripped Florida for more than a year could force Republican leaders to redraw the state’s political boundaries just months ahead of the midterm elections. 

Several of the state’s Republican-drawn congressional districts – which one political scientist described as the most skewed he has ever studied – have come under attack by voting rights groups that allege the maps unfairly favor GOP candidates. 

That coalition, led by the League of Women’s Voters, has argued that Republican legislators and staffers collaborated with political consultants to create the maps, which were approved by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. 

The case is being heard now in Leon County Circuit Court after the League filed a lawsuit alleging that the districts violate Florida’s “Fair Districts” law, which was approved by more than 60 percent of voters in 2010. If the lawsuit succeeds, the borders will have to be redrawn before the midterm elections this fall. 


Xipe Totec  

2. There's a reason why Florida is shaped like a banana. nt


3. I thought it was a limp penis

15. That's because you are stuck in your northern hemisphere centric mindset

What if south were up? 

Not so limp now!!!!


'til next week...

(If you've read this far, please add a rec for visibility if it's below 50 - Thanks everyone!)
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat May 31, 2014, 08:35 PM (28 replies)

I am pretty far left, but I am not worried about "Hawk and Militarist" Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The Left Ought to Worry About Hillary Clinton, Hawk and Militarist, in 2016

Here's why I'm not "worried".

Hillary Clinton wants to be president. She's wanted to be president for a very long time. In order to become president, you have to (a) want it very badly and (b) say and do things which will help you to win. Among other things.

Once you become president, as we all know, you often either cannot or do not follow through with some of your pre-election rhetoric.

When you're a woman trying to do something no other woman has yet done... Well, let's just say I take Hillary Clinton's "Hawkishness and Militarism" with a grain of salt. She needs men to vote for her as well as women. And many men have this idea ingrained in their brains from a very early age that women are weak. Can't have that in a commander-in-chief. So, since she wants to win, she does what ANY woman in the same situation would do. I'm telling you right now, if Elizabeth Warren really wanted badly enough to become president, she would find some way to get some foreign policy experience, get on some kind of armed forces committee or something, and she would be talking and acting very "Hawkish and Militaristic." She's not stupid, and neither is Hillary Clinton.

What Hillary would do once she became president, I cannot say. But I don't buy the idea that what she has to do in order to become president, will of absolute necessity be her continuing philosophy once elected. Nor do I think that any man who may run in the primaries will be much less hawkish on foreign policy, because there's still a well-cultivated (by the GOP), ignorant belief out there that Democrats in general are "weak on foreign policy."

As I said before, I'm pretty far left. If I have a choice between Hillary and someone else who I sincerely believe better reflects my values, in the primary I'll be voting for that other person. But I do believe it's high time we had a female president, and even if that means another 4-8 years of centrism, I'll gladly vote for her when the time comes - if it comes. I won't just be voting against the GOP candidate.

I have to say, seeing this thread attacking Hillary Clinton this early in the game, on Democratic Underground, on this particular subject... well, the word "disingenuous" comes to mind.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu May 29, 2014, 01:04 AM (130 replies)

DU vs. Discussionist: A Word Analysis (Pic Heavy)

This covers the period from May 14 - May 20.. I'm not planning on doing any further analysis at this time, but found this interesting and thought others might like to see it.


DU: Latest Breaking News...

Discussionist: News...

DU: General Discussion...

Discussionist: Politics...

DU vs Discussionist: Words in common in LBN / News

DU vs Discussionist: Words in common in GD / Politics

DU vs Discussionist: Words NOT in common...

One last thing:

Message Auto-Removed: DU: 0.15% Discussionist: 1.41%
This message was hidden by jury decision. DU: 0.25% Discussionist: 2.39%
This message was self-deleted by its author DU: 1.64% Discussionist: 1.74%

Self-deleted posts were about the same, but Auto-Removed and Hidden by Jury were about 9 times more common on Discussionist than DU.

Draw your own conclusions...
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun May 25, 2014, 08:59 PM (37 replies)

*** DUzy Awards - May 17-23, 2014 ***

TGI…S! And welcome to….


Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition -- either by:

responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line,

or by sending me a PM.

The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!

On an OP by n2doc  

League of the South puts up 'Secede' billboard on I-85 in Montgomery Al

MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- The League of the South has put up a billboard on Interstate 85 near downtown Montgomery with a one word message: Secede.

The league, which has called for secession since its founding 20 years ago and has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has information about its new billboard campaign on its website:

The League of the South has a message all freedom-loving Southerners ought to hear. It is the message of Southern independence from a sinking, corrupt, and destructive government in Washington, DC.

Michael Hill, president of the league, said the billboard is the second of the campaign. Another 'Secede' billboard was posted in Tallahassee, Fla. And a third is planned for Atlanta this summer, Hill said.



3. at least they can use spell check

but is it "consitutional?"


On an OP by question everything  

Rick Perry Faces Unusual Criminal Probe in Texas

Source: WSJ

AUSTIN, Texas—As he hints at a possible second bid for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is contending with an unusual criminal investigation into whether he abused his authority, a case that legal experts say has virtually no precedent in modern Texas history. 

A grand jury was impaneled in April to consider a watchdog group's complaint filed last year. It alleged the Republican governor may have violated Texas law by withholding money from a prosecutorial unit because its Democratic district attorney refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving. Mr. Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, which handles political corruption investigations, following the drunken-driving arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. The watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice, claimed that Mr. Perry's actions likely constituted coercion and bribery... The grand jury was scheduled to meet again on Friday to hear evidence. 



5. I saw "Rick Perry" and "unusual criminal probe"...

and my mind went to the gutter laughing. Fuck Rick Perry.


8. with a rusty oil pipe!

Of course that's where my mind went


On an OP by Tripper11  

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register....

as a religion in Poland. 

A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned on Tuesday. 

A Warsaw court rejected a ruling by the Regional Administrative Court because the it had not allowed the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) a two-month extension for submitting outstanding documents, Polskie Radio has reported. 

A group of Pastafarians who gathered outside the court shouting "pasta" during the hearing on Tuesday welcomed the ruling. 

In January, Pastafarian minister Christopher Schaeffer was sworn into the Pomfret New York Town Council this week with a colander on his head throughout the ceremony to represent his unique religious beliefs. 


A step in the right direction!!


4. Ramen brother

May they all be touched by His noodley appendage.


18. "Pastafarian minister"--would that be a pasta-r?

"Thy Noodle and Thy Sauce, they comfort me, my colander runneth over." Or something like that.....


OP by BainsBane  

Anyone have a copy of the DU calendar?

Are we supposed to have porn twice in the same year? Or are we ahead of schedule? I thought May was Olive Garden month? 

Not complaining or whining about DU. Honest. Just trying to keep myself on schedule.

Brother Buzz  

2. I'm anxiously waiting for Double-Coated Crunchy Cornflake Chicken month

Just as soon as Skinner lifts the ban on chicken threads.....

Warren DeMontague  

5. Here's the calendar from 2011, if it helps.

Just replace the year. 

Oh, and IBTL. Not suggesting there will be a L, but if there is an L IB it. 


21. Woo needs its own month.

Sorry, but us vegans just don't have the energy for three months.

Spitfire of ATJ  

6. Porn is for the non-election years.

Warren DeMontague  

10. Erection ears?

winter is coming  

17. I don't really care, if it means the privilege-a-thon is over for a couple of months.

If that horse were any deader, it would be part of the fossil record.


32. The DU calendar ended in 2012.

So why are we still here? That's what I'm wondering.


On an OP by kpete  

Top Ten Reasons Operation American Spring Went Flat

Operation American Spring, the Tea Party protest which was expected to draw 10-30,000,000 people to the nation's Capitol yesterday, turned out to be a huge flop. Rather than the tens of millions hoped for, only a few dozen showed up and the turnout was so dismal, even the conservative outlets The Blaze and the Washington Times couldn't even begin to spin it. But there were several excellent reasons why yesterday's protest in Washington DC wasn't quite what was hoped for. What were they? 

10) We done tried but couldn't get away from Benghazi. 
9) Klan costume got yellowed when washed with Gadsden flag. 
8) You try driving a Rascal scooter to DC from Alabama and tell me how easy it is! 
7) Turns out free pizza from Arab nations was just a vicious rumor. 
6) It's not the quantity, it's the quality. 
5) Investigating who put the bop in the bop shoo bop. It was Obama, to distract from Benghazi. 
4) Most of them went west by accident to Washington state. 
3) Overestimated the number of insane asylums that would grant furloughs. 
2) Discovered Ted Nugent concert and NASCAR race around the White House another vicious rumor. 
1) Sign shop got all the spelling right.



1. Couldn't find Consitution Avenue



2. Rain caused rainbow, triggering fear they'd be turned gay.


3. Saw a real african-american nt


4. Heard there was a Big Foot sighting in Alabama.

And The Weekly World News was offering fifty bucks for a picture of one.

Wounded Bear  

6. I live in Washington State...

they didn't show up here, either. 


19. Duck Dynasty marathon?

Arugula Latte  

23. Uhh, it RAINED -- okay? Everyone knows bathroom doors swell shut in high-moisture conditions.

More than 20 million patriots were stuck in their throne rooms due to excessive precipitation, otherwise they would have been there to overthrow the government. Thanks, O'Barometer!


On an OP by PumpkinAle  

Ants kill ...................


1. Man, I gotta stop smoking ants...

Blue Owl  

5. You could try vaporizing...

But that just makes 'em steaming mad!


On an OP by kpete  

Want privacy on your flight? Try to head sling. Yes, there is a photo.

The "B-Tourist Slip" is a ring of elastic fabric that folds easily into your luggage. Once on the plane, whip it out to slip one end over the seat headrest in front and another over your own, creating a 360 wall of cloth that you can rest your weary noggin against. Folds in the fabric accommodate personal items like phones and glasses, and sliding rings lets you adjust the personal cave to your preferred width. 



1. If a sling went down to the crotch area, passengers could watch porn too.


22. like this?


2. Looks like Fox News believers at home


7. Not a good idea.

Having your head pulled forward like that will activate the posterior muscles and after fifteen minutes or so will start to take out the normal lordosis of your spine. Want a headache? Here you go.


10. 'Lordosis of the Slings' has a nice ring to it. nt


13. it needs a break strap

right in the part of the seat in front of you, so you can snap it open and it will swing around like a big rubber band and pop the kid in the seat behind you who won't stop kicking your seat.

Follow the link for more, including the "Original Ostrich Pillow":


On an OP by madfloridian  

Charlie Crist has 18, 332 small money donors, Rick Scott has 368.

Here is the Naples News Article confirming it, but I am not going to pay to access it. 

Instead I got it from the Twitter feed of one of Crist's advisors, Kevin Cate. 

Kevin Cate @KevinCate · 12h 

ICYMI: @Mdixon55 on @CharlieCrist's "unprecedented" number of small dollar contributions:http://bit.ly/1geEHGf (Crist 18,332 to Scott 368)


6. Faux NotNews would call that a dead heat.

CNN would call it too close to call. 



On an OP by xchrom  

US Military Spending and Our Bullet Trains to Nowhere


An artist's rending is necessary, because the United States has not built one single mile of high-speed rail track. Not one. (Photo: file) 

Consider this: our advanced robotic creatures, those drone aircraft grimly named Predators and Reapers, are still blowing away human beings from Yemen to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is now testing out a 14,000-pound drone advanced enough to take off and land on its own on the deck of an aircraft carrier -- no human pilot involved. (As it happens, it’s only a "demonstrator" and, at a cost of $1.4 billion, can’t do much else.) While we’re talking about the skies, who could forget that the U.S. military is committed to buying 2,400 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, already dubbed, amid cost overruns of every sort, "the most expensive weapons system in history." The bill for them: nearly $400 billion or twice what it cost to put a man on the moon. 

As a rising power in the nineteenth century, the U.S. moved toward global status on the basis of an ambitious program of canal building and then of government-sponsored transcontinental railroads. Jump a century and a half and the country that, until recently, was being called the planet’s “sole superpower” has yet to build a single mile of high-speed rail. Not one. Even a prospective line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which looked like it might be constructed, is now blocked coming and going

liberal N proud  

1. Oh you wanted trains with the bullets.

Bullets, we have bullets, just no bullet trains. 


On an OP by kpete  

Operation American Spring Day 4 - They still think they're winning

MON MAY 19, 2014 AT 01:12 PM PDT 
Operation American Spring Day 4 - They still think they're winning 
byshades at midniteFollow 


Just in case you were wondering. I know most of you blew these OAS idiots off days ago. We all had a big laugh on Friday, a few chuckles on Saturday and forgot about it by Sunday. I'm off work nursing a sprained ankle and have been spending far too much time glued to their Face Book pages than I should admit but, if anyone's interested, here's what I've learned 

...............I almost feel sorry for them, well, the ones who aren't calling for armed revolution, burning down the WH and other acts of violence. They remind me of a class of preschoolers being told there is no Santa Claus. Its. Just. Not. Possible! But not all are discouraged. All they need now is to take over the media. You see, Obama has blocked all their transmissions. Every time they lose a feed, a cell phone drops a call or somebody's laptop battery dies, it's Obama's fault. Heck, he was accused of seeding the clouds Friday morning so it would rain on the group.

One last thing I found incredibly amusing and have to share. As you would expect, there are lots of misspelled words, but don't make fun of them. They do it on purpose to fool NSA. They actually posted, on a public FB page, how to misspell certain words or place 7s between the letters. Yes, they are telling people to spell it as O7S7A so NSA can't track them. I guess they think their cereal box decoder ring is more sophisticated than the NSA. 



4. They're gonna force President Obama out of office after all.

It's just gonna take them a couple more years of concerted effort. And maybe a few months more after that.


6. I think he put a 7 in his pants to throw the NSA off his scent

Wow who knew it was just that s7i7m7p7l7e


16. A quote often misattributed to Sinclair Lewis also comes to mind.

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."


20. Y7ou can't mak7e this sh7it u7p!

 Or should that be :ro7fl:? :

Fantastic Anarchist  

21. Looks like he's packin' a sock. n/t


22. a PATRIOT sock!


On an OP by Cooley Hurd  

Shipyard Personnel Freed with Fire Axe as $10M Motor Yacht Capsizes at Launch


The 85-foot expedition style motor yacht Bäden took two and a half years to build in meticulous detail, but it was all for nothing as she capsized and sank last Sunday night after being launching at Northern Marine Industries in Anacortes, Washington. 

Reports indicate there were four or possibly five shipyard personnel on board the vessel at the time of the incident who became trapped on board as the vessel rolled over. They were subsequently rescued through a portlight after breaking it with a fire axe. 

Roddan Engineering, a firm which had been engaged “to review build progress, track weight and prepare an Intact Stability analysis” notes in a letter dated 19 July 2013 that the vessel was “lighter than other Northern Marine builds of similar length, thus requiring more ballast to sit on a desired waterline.” The firm recommended “that partial ballasting be done currently, with final ballasting for trim and desired waterline to be performed at launch.” 

What exactly occurred during and after launch however, is still unclear. 


16. Hubris ...

meet Karma.

Blue Owl  

20. The SS Ted Cruz sailing towards presidential waters


On an OP by Atman  

The last sentence of the Oregon marriage equality ruling just might bring a tear to your eye.

"Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other...and rise." 

11 Bravo  

5. FoxNews reports it thusly: Oregon judge invokes Chicken Little and calls for more gay erections.


On an OP by pokerfan  

Pat Sajak: "People Who Believe in Climate Change Are ‘Unpatriotic Racists"

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, whose Twitter feed is often a site of conservative views and “kids these days” grousing, signed off Monday night with his final word on climate change: 

Pat Sajak 
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night. 
5/19/2014 19:38

Sajak’s remarks came as California Governor Jerry Brown told CNN that climate change was lengthening California’s fire seasons. 


Cooley Hurd  

1. I can't wait for him to espouse his opinion on his wildly popular late night show!

Oh wait... 


2. Sajak needs to buy a clue. nt

Arugula Latte  

4. St_pid Assh_le

I'd like to buy a couple vowels.


26. Once again proving that Vanna was the brains of the operation.


On an OP by Orrex  

Another nude sports figure pointlessly objectified on a magazine cover

Granted, if I were built like him, I wouldn't wear clothes either. But how can we stand by and let him be displayed this way, in this obviously artificial and deliberately enticing pose?


17. This one has a lot of young nude photos

Preakness winner California Chrome


19. Unbridled objectification!

Actually, I guess it is bridled.


23. Nay!

You are just chomping at the bit to stirrup trouble by trotting out that manure.


25. You are one of the mane instigators on this forum

If you don't quit I'm going to sulky

Warren DeMontague  

46. There's too much riding on this. I'd like to know the public's opinion before i jockey for

A position on this topic. 

Perhaps there is a gallop poll on the question?


75. I think it behooves us to reurn to more stable modes of discourse


235. Although I was saddled with much cricticism at my original post time

on the SI cover, I believe I hit the trifecta.


230. I'd like to have her move 6 inches to her left

I need to scientifically and objectively look this over to see if you are right.

Warren DeMontague  

241. Only 6?

Why not be more optimistic? 


247. Nice one



251. Only five?

That sounds even less optimistic. 


257. Just trying to be realistic.


On an OP by  n2doc  

'Price Is Right' viewers complain about President Obama interrupting show with speech

When President Barack Obama hit the podium around 11 a.m. today to speak abut the Veterans Affairs scandal, social media erupted with criticism. 
It wasn't for the reason one might think. 

As Obama began delivering his remarks, he interrupted the CBS network broadcast of The Price Is Right, quickly sending hardcore TPIR fans to Twitter to complain. 


Blue Owl  

1. "Dumb on down... You're the next contestant on the Price is Right!"



On an OP by MohRokTah  

Obama Takes An Impromptu Stroll, Causes Tourists To Lose It (VIDEO)

Obama Takes An Impromptu Stroll, Causes Tourists To Lose It (VIDEO) 

Catherine Thompson – May 22, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT 

President Barack Obama took an impromptu stroll Wednesday along the National Mall, and some bystanders freaked out at the prospect of meeting their commander in chief. 

"It's good to be out," Obama quipped to reporters. "The bear is loose." 

He greeted people along the way with handshakes, hugs and White House-branded M&M's. One enthusiastic woman asked the President to snap a photo with her family. 


7. Clearly a fake video

As you can tell by the foliage, this video was actually shot last year, and is a lame attempt to make it appear that there aren't 10 million patriots camped out in Washington awaiting surrender of whomever and establishment of Constitutional whatever. 

The "tourists" are paid actors, and some of them are CGI animations. The actor identified in one of the shots was found dead at a bus stop in Arlington three months ago. 

My alternative theory is that he left and they locked up the White House in an attempt to dodge subpoenas from the Benghazi committee, which was asking for his birf certificate.


20. It's all animation. In fact, it's a clip from Shrek Five Sakes Alive! which is scheduled to be

released later this year. The story is about the Benghazi catastrophe and how, if Shrek had been elected, the dozen-plus U.S. embassy attacks and 9-11 attack under Obama's watch since 2001 would never have happened. It also hints that the Obama administration caused the War on Grenada, too.


22. I like the poster for that movie

Arugula Latte  

87. The fact that he's wandering on the Mall proves he's been DRIVEN FROM OFFICE!


On an OP by liberal N proud  

Butt Paste?

Brother Buzz  

3. That's just one half of the debate

It's really uncomfortable sitting in the cafe trying to enjoy my croissant and cappuccino when the other cyclists start debating the merits of Chamois Butt’r® over Boudreaux's Original Butt Paste. Then inevitably, some asshole butts in and starts raving about Assos Chamois Cream. At that point, I step outside and think about taking up golf.


6. Holds your butt in place ?

Like toupee glue ?

The Velveteen Ocelot  

7. Yes, it's so you won't laugh your ass off

or ever have to worry about getting your ass handed to you. It will always be securely in place.


On an OP by SecularMotion  

This 9/11 Cheese Plate May Be The 9/11 Museum's Most Tasteless Souvenir

Setting aside the question of whether a reporter can ask a question at the 9/11 Museum (short answer: she can't!), let us tackle another timely inquiry: Just how crass is the 9/11 Museum's gift shop? 

The Post previously detailed some of the items, like a "Darkness Hoodie" and "Survivor Tree" earrings. But they forgot to mention the 9/11 cheese plate. 

The cheese plate is in the shape of the continental U.S., with hearts where the attacks hit NYC, DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Because no cheese course is complete without a moment to "Never forget" (to take our Lactaid). Let's roll... that wheel of cheddar to Freedomtown? 



1. Any 9/11 souvenir is tasteless n/t


4. Well, I have to disagree, sorta..

If they were to encase Guliani in the same kind of stuff that Hans Solo was frozen in.... 
and park it next to the entry way...


Ichingcarpenter (30,936 posts) 

Virgin launches glass-bottomed plane

I'm thrilled to announce that Virgin has created another world-first with the introduction of the technology required to produce the worlds first glass-bottomed plane. This technological innovation coincides with the start of Virgin Atlantic Airways first ever domestic service to Scotland. 

In 1984 we started the wonderful airline that is Virgin Atlantic. I am incredibly proud of yet another aviation breakthrough which has been years in the making. I cant wait to experience the first flight for myself with my family and other natural born explorers. 

By Richard Branson 


Attention flight attendants, Clean up of puke needed in main cabin and please calm that person freaking out 
in D23.

Ilsa (34,011 posts) 

1. yeah, anything to look up a skirt.

Make7 (6,950 posts) 

4. Glass-bottomed planes you make the rocking world go round. ( n/t )


On an OP by kpete  

Some guy got naked outside the white house

Whitehouse @whphotos2013 
White House drama! Some guy got naked outside the white house!! #drama #whitehouse #thecopsbeathim #whitehouse 
5/23/2014 11:49



1. I guess he wanted to prove he has nothing to hide.

yortsed snacilbuper  

4. "I guess he wanted to prove he has nothing to hide."

Mitt Romney!


12. Damn it, Joe, not again.


'til next week...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat May 24, 2014, 06:45 PM (22 replies)

What Are We Talking About (WAWTA): A possible ongoing series

This is a word cloud of GD from May 12-18 (self-deleted and auto-deleted posts have been removed).

I'm thinking of doing this weekly, as well as following up on which topics are getting the most attention and the least attention, and maybe doing graphs as well.

This week, the following keywords were discussed the most in GD:

Operation American Spring
Hillary Clinton
white privilege
Karl Rove
net neutrality

These keywords got less play:

Tea Party

It's interesting - Seems like we're doing a lot of "your team sucks" with regard to OAS and Benghazi, talking about Rove's attack on Hillary, 'white privilege' (why is that such a big thing right now?) and Greenwald... As far as actual issues go, we're discussing Ukraine, gay rights, climate change, and net neutrality - in that order. (I'm not sure if I should leave "war" in there, since it's used in so many different ways that it's difficult to tell what people were really talking about.)

Your thoughts.........

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed May 21, 2014, 05:45 AM (3 replies)

Put these 20 things in order of importance

to you...

Economy / Budget
Elections / Voting
Gun Control
LGBT issues
Mainstream Media
NSA / Surveillance
Poverty, Homelessness
Racial issues
Schools / Education
Social Security
War/Military Spending
Whistleblower Protection
Womens issues
Workers' issues

I'm working on a project and I could use a bit of help.

Also let me know if you think something should be on the list that I haven't included (obviously I can't track everything, but...)

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue May 20, 2014, 11:52 PM (14 replies)
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