I could be like my father, and amuse myself with $80 high-detail Franklin Mint specials, or I can buy a couple Hot Wheels a year for the price of a cup of cheap coffee. Between the two vices, I'll take the cheap one. » 7/23/14 10:22pm Yesterday 10:22pm

You'd be amazed how many times I've been told that criminals forfeit their constitutional rights when they decide to do crimes. This is usually brought on by a pronouncement that child murderers ought to be raped and boiled in oil or some such, but I don't think suspects garner much more sympathy. » 7/23/14 9:20pm Yesterday 9:20pm

As you know, ah, you maintain control of the Senate with the Senators you have—-not the Senators you might want or wish to have at a later time.—-You can have a distinguished military record and still be a bald-faced liar.

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You specialized in the wrong thing? How dare you. BE POOR FOREVER, you lazy bastard. This is America, where everyone who wants to succeed does, by the eternal will of the Founding Fathers, and the shiftless losers get what's coming to them. » 7/23/14 2:47pm Yesterday 2:47pm

The NRA is not America's premier Second Amendment or conservative gun nut advocacy organization, much as it loves to play that role for its members and the cameras. The NRA is America's premier firearms industry lobbying organization. Is compulsory gun education contrary to parents' rights to control their kids'… » 7/23/14 2:09pm Yesterday 2:09pm

Let me consult my complete, fictitious Sprint Cup Schedule, which includes no less than seven road courses:

Bulldoze Chicagoland Speedway, replace it with a replica of North Wilkesboro, including elevation changes. The best racing in NASCAR, plus the amusement of seeing the uphill end jutting 200 feet above the Chicago… » 7/23/14 12:01pm Yesterday 12:01pm

It's a shame how rich assholes ruin their cities. Do they not realize how many talented people end up in places like New York because they're running away from the humdrum cities of places like the Midwest, where everything has already been carefully segregated into rich and poor, black and white, etc? God forbid a… » 7/23/14 11:19am Yesterday 11:19am

If you aren't an ignorant, broke young (black) man you have nothing to fear, so excuse them while 50% of America gets back to watching TV. You can call them when someone says Obama's taking their Social Security and Medicare. » 7/23/14 10:57am Yesterday 10:57am

My choice for worst pizza is Pizza Hut's thin crust pizza. I was basically eating a big piece of matzo, dipped in stale grease, and topped with Z-grade meat and Cheez®. It was the only time in college my roommates or I ever refused free food. I've seen better pizzas in elementary school kitchens. » 7/22/14 9:22pm Tuesday 9:22pm

There's a reason that womens' studies is a college class: recognizing things like patriarchy/kyriarchy and rape culture isn't easy. It takes a willingness to learn and an open mind. These people have neither. They aren't hopeless, but they're intellectually unpersuadable. Some people just won't advance beyond what… » 7/22/14 8:03pm Tuesday 8:03pm

I only ever seen two kinds of lane splitting, out here in flyover country: people filtering to the front at a traffic light (thumbs up, but a lot of other drivers take it badly,) and people flying between slow-moving cars with 40+ mph speed differentials (thumbs down.) If riders and drivers followed the guidelines… » 7/21/14 5:49pm Monday 5:49pm

That also depends on your job and how the IRS treats it. When I worked for tips, the IRS taxed me at 8% of my total sales, unless I reported higher tips than that. In practice, that generally works out to only paying taxes on about half that income, but the most you can do is lower your taxes, not work tax-free. I… » 7/21/14 3:54pm Monday 3:54pm

It's a bit impudent to answer on his behalf, but the answers are generally simple: established contractors, political infighting and bureaucratic inertia. 95% of good ideas in the defense industry are shoved into manila folders, floppy disks, old Firewire drives and SD cards. It doesn't help that it's not enough to… » 7/20/14 10:29pm Sunday 10:29pm