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Not all adults are meant to be parents; not all dogs either!

This guy, for example, wants no part of fatherhood!

That's right, Charlie Brown, it works just like this...

Would you let a travel agency book a "surprise" vacation for you?

Times are tough for travel agencies. More and more people are capably booking their own vacations online, so they don't use the services of tourist industry professionals.

The company featured in the story linked below tries to differentiate itself by proposing to book all the details of your vacation but they won't tell you where you're going until you're leaving for your trip. Does that sound like fun to you? I can't imagine paying for a greater chance of disappointment.


OMG! Nationals 23, Mets 5 and the game isn't over yet!

Check out this line on 3B Anthony Rendon:

6 at bats, 6 hits, 5 runs scored, 10 RBI

Can criminalizing homelessness help?

It doesn't seem to make sense, but more and more cities are doing it.

Thereís nothing shocking, really, about Houstonís new law making it easier for homeless people to be arrested simply for being homeless.

Not when over 100 American cities have effectively criminalized everyday life for the homeless, making crimes of things from sleeping outside to brushing teeth in public. Even as cities become more socially conscious about LGBTQ rights and drug policies, theyíve become less tolerant of their neediest inhabitants and more comfortable with cops and the justice system sweeping up the human trash, as it were.

City-wide bans on public camping (PDF) have increased by 69 percent throughout the United States. What used to be seen as an annoyance is now prohibited, forcing fines or jail time on those who certainly canít afford it. The only nationwide nonprofit devoted to studying this, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, has been tracking these changes since 2006. Their findings? There are a scary number of laws passed that ironically make it costly to be homeless.

For example, in 33 of the 100 U.S. cities they studied, itís illegal to publicly camp. In 18, itís illegal to sleep in public. Panhandling is illegal in 27 cities. In 39 cities, itís illegal to live in vehicles. For extreme sports junkies (like Yosemite climbers who try to live in their cars), this is an inconvenience. For the homeless, it leaves no alternatives, especially if shelters are too far, too full, or too violent (a common problem). For some people, the choice might be between living in a car or sleeping outsideóbut what if both are criminalized?


The pinboy3niner pun thread

When I spot a good pun and post it here, I think of how pinboy would probably "one-up" it with a pun of his own. It's definitely part of his legacy here.

I'm going to post the best puns I come across in this thread. I invite you to do the same, or to share a pinboy3niner play on words that you recall, if you're so inclined.

Priebus: Trump administration has looked at changing libel law

This is just freakin' scary. They're going to take a run at clawing back the First Amendment.

On This Week, Reince Priebus Says Trump Administration Has "Looked At" Curtailing Free Press

JONATHAN KARL (HOST): Before you go, we have a segment coming up with Ann Coulter and Robert Reich, of course thereís a big controversy at Berkeley over freedom of speech. I want to ask you about two things the president has said on related issues. First of all, there was what he said about opening up the libel laws, tweeting, ďthe failing New York Times has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change the libel laws?Ē That would require, as I understand it, a constitutional amendment. Is he really going to pursue that? Is that something he wants to pursue?

RIENCE PREIBUS: I think it's something that weíve looked at, and how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story. But when you have articles out there that have no basis or fact and we're sitting here on 24/7 cable companies writing stories about constant contacts with Russia. And all these other matters that --

KARL: So you think the president should be able to sue The New York Times for stories he doesn't like?

PREIBUS: Hereís what I think. I think that newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news. I'm so tired --

KARL: I don't think anybody would disagree with that. It's about whether or not the president should have a right to sue them.

PREIBUS: And I already answered the question. I said this is something that is being looked at, but itís something that as far as how it gets executed, where we go with it, thatís another issue. But I think this is a frustration of unnamed sources of things that the FBI has told me personally is complete B.S., written in a newspaper article, in my office, one on one, this, here, is not true. And guess what? But it's sitting there on the front page. So how is it possible? And what do we have? Twenty-four/seven cable about a story about intelligence that the actual intelligence agency says is not true. Yet we deal with it every day.


My addiction

Somebody help me, please! Can't stop eating!

OMG! So good!

What are you addicted to lately?

Which button would you press?

Well, we can eliminate "Student loans forgiven" for the vast majority of the crowd here, but the other five could still spur some interesting conversation...

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