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    Mechanical machines, as it were, have also been...

    Mechanical machines, as it were, have also been subject to fraud.

    And while this isn't really relevant, I was born in Cook County in 1960. :grin:
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    Outstanding point.

    Outstanding point.
  3. I immediately thought of the "his sister is a...

    I immediately thought of the "his sister is a thespian" story.

    Snopes has a thread on it.

    http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=101;t=000379;p=0
  4. Still contrafactual.

    Still contrafactual.
  5. Careful with your claim -- until recently she...

    Careful with your claim -- until recently she appeared regularly on Fox.
  6. You're citing facts in an argument with and about...

    You're citing facts in an argument with and about Republicans.

    Why?
  7. Also...

    Also http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/millions-pay-rare-opportunity-hear-sarah-palin-speak
  8. Raid lives in this contrafactual world where...

    Raid lives in this contrafactual world where nobody is ever influenced by jerks such as Limbaugh or Palin. He sends us postcards from there fairly frequently.

    (The rules of football are also...
  9. Oh, the irony ...

    Oh, the irony ...
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    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/ric...

    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/rick-perry-orders-dallas-cowboys-mexican-border
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    You don't understand. Our Founding Fathers...

    You don't understand.

    Our Founding Fathers thought that only property-owning white males should vote. Since our Founding Fathers were infallible, it follows that whenever somebody other than a...
  12. Agreed. But as alarmed as I am about "police...

    Agreed. But as alarmed as I am about "police state" kinds of stuff, we do need a government. And if the choices are:


    Rarely investigate.
    Act on only a smallish fraction of investigations.
    ...
  13. I agree with you that CPS shouldn't be involved...

    I agree with you that CPS shouldn't be involved ... almost. There should be record somewhere, as this would be of interest were more serious problems to be uncovered later.

    That said, if the...
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/opinion/gail-col...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/opinion/gail-collins-none-dare-call-it-impeachment.html

    Reasonable people may disagree as to the extent this is a witty exaggeration rather than straight...
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    Everybody in my household is an atheist (except...

    Everybody in my household is an atheist (except for the cat, who follows the ancient Egyptian religion).

    But at times my wife prays, as an alternative to meditation.
  16. It seems both likely and ironic that the kid was...

    It seems both likely and ironic that the kid was scared of the lifeguards because that's how we've taught kids to view strangers in this era.

    Anyhow, walking a few blocks unsupervised wasn't a big...
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    POTM candidate!

    POTM candidate!
  18. You should have stopped with the bolded part....

    You should have stopped with the bolded part. There are plenty of cases in which monied interests care about things other than their own pocketbooks -- Adelson and Soros are two obvious examples --...
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    Conflating famous scenes from White Heat and...

    Conflating famous scenes from White Heat and Titanic,

    "Top of the ship, Ma!!"

    Also, from Empire Strikes Back

    "Top of the station, Dad!"
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    A Clockwork Orange (or many other films): ...

    A Clockwork Orange (or many other films):

    "Murder means never having to say you're sorry."
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    "Why did you come to Arrakis?" "For the waters."...

    "Why did you come to Arrakis?"
    "For the waters."
    "There are no waters on Arrakis."
    "I was misinformed."
  22. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/opinion/high-tim...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/opinion/high-time-federal-marijuana-ban-is-rooted-in-myth.html

    Followup: The legislative history of the Federal marijuana ban is seriously bad. It features a lot...
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    Also, why does one go to the airport for a cup of...

    Also, why does one go to the airport for a cup of coffee?
  24. If a criminal imposes a risk of death upon a...

    If a criminal imposes a risk of death upon a victim, even accidental death, I have no problem calling a fatal outcome murder.

    But if an accomplice dies, saying the fellow criminals murdered him...
  25. I wasn't aware that the felony murder rule...

    I wasn't aware that the felony murder rule applies, was legislated or gets invoked if your ACCOMPLICE buys the far. I always assumed it was about crime victims, cops, and generic bystanders.
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