Priebus Says Trump Accepts Intel Community's Russia Conclusions, Obama Insists He Didn't Underestimate Putin, Red Nova Could Occur Within Five Years: A.M. Links

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    Reince Priebus says Donald Trump accepts the intelligence community's conclusion about Russia's role in election-related cyber attacks. Barack Obama insisted in an interview on ABC News that he did not underestimate Vladimir Putin but may have underestimated the impact of "cyberhacking and so forth on our open societies". Obama also said he and the president-elect were "sort of opposites," and that he takes "some responsiblity" for the massive electoral losses the Democratic Party suffered during his presidency. 89-year-old Charlie Brotman, who has announced every presidential inauguration parade since Dwight Eisenhower in 1957, is being replaced by a younger Trump supporter. Hillary Clinton attended a performance of The Color Purple and received three standing ovations.

  • Mitch McConnell says Senate Democrats have to "grow up" and let Trump's cabinet nominees be confirmed.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu says the suspect in a attack by truck in Jerusalem that killed 4 may have supported ISIS.
  • Mexican authorities have arrested an American citizen accused of shooting a U.S. consulate official in Guadalajara.
  • Free speech arrests are on the rise in Myanmar, whose head of government is now Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • California funded the first sex reassignment surgery for an inmate in the U.S., although the federal government could end up paying for up to 95 percent of the costs.
  • The two stars of the KIC 9832227 binary system could collide, causing a red nova, within the next five years, says one astronomer.
  • A self-described UFO skeptic in Canada says he can't identify a flying object that looks like a Star Trek starship.
  • La La Land won a record breaking seven awards at the Golden Globes.
  • Journalist Nat Hentoff died aged 91.

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    1. It’s the inside of Meryl Streep’s soul.

      1. Or the inside of her whatever.

        1. Um….that looks like a cherry, so no.

        2. Looks like there’s blood coming out of her whatever

        3. hoo-hah?

    2. Kinda Georgia O’Keeffe.

    3. Hello.

    4. You have a dirty mind, Fist. It just looks like a little man in a boat to me.

  1. La La Land won a record breaking seven awards at the Golden Globes.

    It’s a modern day Hamilton.

    1. Hollywood actors just don’t get enough credit. We need more award ceremonies.

      1. They are an oppressed minority, living in constant fear or the trumpenshaffel.

    2. Of course a movie about entertainment people in LA, constructed mostly out of redone scenes from other movies, gets these kinds of awards. It was made for this audience. Outside of Hollywood, nobody is much interested. Its not doing much box office.

  2. The two stars of the KIC 9832227 binary system could collide, causing a red nova, within the next five years, says one astronomer.

    Sorry, nothing will be as epic as the red wedding. Nice try, though, KIC 9832227 binary system.

    1. I guess they mean the two stars of the KIC 9832227 binary system could have collided, causing a red nova, 1,705 years ago.

      1. We’re just finding out what happened in westeros a long time ago, are we not?

    2. We can always send Spock back in time with some Red Matter to fix it.

    3. “I’ve never seen a supernova blow up, but if it’s anything like my old Chevy Nova, it’ll light up the night sky”

  3. Reince Priebus says Donald Trump accepts the intelligence community’s conclusion about Russia’s role in election-related cyber attacks.

    In less that 140 characters?

    1. So he accepts that RT had stories that Hillary did not like?

      1. Running stories that are disagreeable to Democrats=The death of Democracy.

  4. A self-described UFO skeptic in Canada says he can’t identify a flying object that looks like a Star Trek starship.

    What does a hoser need with a starship?

    1. Ask Shatner.

  5. This explains a lot…

    Hitler’s secret Yeti hunt: Nazis ‘thought Bigfoot was missing link to Aryan race’

    The crackpot theory suggests a Nazi occult organisation funded an expedition to find the abominable snowman in Tibet between May 1938 and August 1939.

    It was led by Professor Ernst Schaefer, who reported directly to SS boss Heinrich Himmler, a believer in nutty occult conspiracy theories.

    Ahnenerbe ? the most secretive Nazi institute ? was founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1935 to find proof that the Aryan race once ruled the entire globe.

    But it soon started researching the paranormal, UFOs and occultism due to Himmler’s obsession these topics.

    1. STEVE SMITH AGREE!

    2. SILLY NAZIS LOOK IN WRONG PLACE. STEVE SMITH ONLY VACATION IN TIBET ONCE IN GREAT WHILE.

    3. The crackpot theory suggests a Nazi occult organisation funded an expedition to find the abominable snowman in Tibet between May 1938 and August 1939.

      Obviously just a cover story to hide their retreival of the staff of ra headpiece. And it would have worked too, if not for that damn meddling archaeologist.

    4. Don’t white people carry Neanderthal genes? So, not completely wrong.

    5. “missing link to Aryan race”

      Well, kinda, yeah. What is the percentage of Neanderthal DNA in whitey? Sadly there are no purebreds left, we ate them all.

  6. A self-described UFO skeptic in Canada says he can’t identify a flying object that looks like a Star Trek starship.

    UFO skeptic rates higher on the social scale than Trekkie, I guess.

    1. What doesn’t?

      Isn’t ‘Trekkie’ considered the baseline? The Hitler of the social scale?

      1. Nope, Trekkies are still near the top of the Geek Hierarchy. Of course, this chart was made many years ago, and could probably be updated.

        1. Obviously if they distribute it in pdf.

        2. Nice! Thanks for that.

  7. Phew. There are a lot of links here.

    1. Too many! I can’t process them all.

  8. La La Land won a record breaking seven awards at the Golden Globes.

    I thought Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech won all of the awards.

    1. It was bold, bold and brave!

      1. She spoke truth to power. Just like Obama does. We should all be very proud of her.

        1. Finally, a Hollywood celebrity with the requisite bravery necessary to speak out against Trump. Unfortunately, she’ll be the among the first to experience Trump’s gulags.

    2. Hollywood loves virtue signaling.

    3. Wait until it merges with Clooney’s speech creating the greatest smug storm ever.

      1. The Perfect Smug Storm.

    4. I briefly flipped past the golden globes and it was some woman just speaking endlessly, breathlessly, adoringly about how wonderful Meryl Streep was while Streep awkwardly watched from just feet away. I couldn’t bear to keep watching after a few minutes. I was thinking about how Meryl Streep has reached a point in her career where her job is just to sit around and eat banquet food and listen to people talk about how wonderful she is.

  9. Obama also said he and the president-elect were “sort of opposites,” and that he takes “some responsiblity” for the massive electoral losses the Democratic Party suffered during his presidency.

    This may be Obama’s first bout of self-reflection in his political life.

    1. “Some” can equal 0.01%

      1. I doubt very much that he intended anything as high as that.

      1. That’s all it’s meant since Waco.

    2. Obama also said he and the president-elect were “sort of opposites,”

      They’re both narcissists who talk out of their asses on topics they know nothing about. Whether Trump will have the same knack as Obama for making absolutely everything worse remains to be seen.

      1. Look, Obama is a Chicago Democrat, Trump is a New York Democrat. That’s as opposite as you can get. They don’t even agree on the meaning of “pizza.”

  10. Report: Caitlyn Jenner Wants To Pose Nude In 2017

    The 67-year-old former Olympic athlete and reality star plans on doing a nude photo shoot this year, according to a new report from Naughty Gossip. Though Jenner “had a slow 2016,” there will be “a major comeback in 2017.”

    “Cait wants to do something along the lines of what Kim did on the cover of Paper magazine,” a source told the publication. “No one has worked harder than Cait to get the body she wants and, naturally, she wants to show it off.”

    Who said things would get better in 2017?

    1. “No one has worked harder than Cait to get the body she wants and, naturally, she wants to show it off.”

      “Naturally”? Oh, FFS!

      1. “No one has worked harder than Cait to get the body she wants”

        What, the doctor doesn’t get an honorable mention?

        “Six years of Med School, and for WHAT?”

        1. I’m pretty sure Bruce is paying out of pocket for his cosmetic surgeries. So that’s a pretty paycheck, regardless of how ugly the results.

    2. Sounds like someone desperate for attention.

    3. If you don’t fap to that, you hate trans people.

      1. Crusty wood?

        1. If you wood is crusty, seek medical attention right away.

    4. Hope it’s his Wheaties pose.

    5. Do. Not. Want.

    6. HM is getting the link to these pix ready. Crusty is poised to say, “Would.”

    7. Vomiting in advance for your disgustingness.

    8. Just tryna fit in with the Kardashians.

      1. Needs more butt implants.

    9. Completely manufactured news. How many people do you know that actually care about Cait?

      1. Meryl Streep?

    10. Srlsy? No one? Ok, fine…

      I’d fuck me.

      1. “I’d fuck tuck me.”

        FIFY

      2. I knew you would come through for us Cthulhu.

        1. [lusty tentacle wiggle]

    11. He’s a tad eccentric, isn’t he?

    12. I can’t think of a woman-born 67 year old I’d like to see nude much less him/her.

  11. Obama … underestimated the impact of “cyberhacking and so forth on our open societies”.

    “And so forth”? Like, illegal private servers?

    1. George Soros’ foundation, Open Societies, is what he means here.

      Obama is telling the plebs that the Illuminati can bleed.

      Exits stage left, imbibes fourteen ounces of SuperMale Vitality.

    2. But what effect does it have on open societies that use private email servers to purposefully evade the FOIA regulations that provide for an open society in the first place?

  12. Mitch McConnell says Senate Democrats have to “grow up” and let Trump’s cabinet nominees be confirmed.

    Let the president grab you by the pussy, Senate. He’s famous.

  13. The future of intimacy is remote-controlled orgasms

    “We’re absolutely a tech company,” explains Brian Dunham when I ask how he thinks OhMiBod fits in with the rest of the show. “Our category just happens to be sexual health and wellness.”

    It seems there can hardly be any doubt about that, what with last year’s Lovelife krush ($149), a smart kegel exerciser that guides women through pelvic floor workouts and tracks user progress via smartphone app, still taking a prominent spot at the booth. This year, the companion app will expand to allows users to engage in long-distance play with their partners, manually controlling the krush as a vibrator. This Go Play functionality will also apply to a new wearable vibrator, the Lovelife Please ($129).

    1. “Ms Smith, do you have something you’d like to share with the rest of the class?”

    2. My skimming read that as “remote-controlled organs”, which would be exhausting if your heart was one of those.

      *click*
      *click*
      *click*
      *click*
      *click*
      *click*

    3. A hacker’s wet dream?…

      1. This is why the Donald changed his mind about Russian hacking.

        Remote control pussy grabbing FTW!

    4. I believe we at H&R have been bullish on teledildonics for years now. If only because we can get out of Warty’s dungeon once in a while.

  14. What’s your activist superpower?

    *Warning: You may find it difficult to find an answer in the choices provided*

    1. They all have the same one, it’s called “whining”.

    2. Result: Your activist superpower is: Creating Portals!

      This superpower gives you the ability to connect any two places in the universe ? and connection is exactly what you create with your art or writing. You can move people into action, capture what they’re feeling, and share your own story of resistance with your creative self-expression. What you do is vital to keep the movement’s heart beating. As your art feeds others, make sure you also stay connected with how it feeds you.

      I’m doomed.

      1. I couldn’t get through “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” and I couldn’t get through the paragraph you just posted.

        1. After all these years all I remember is something about a dripping kitchen faucet.

          1. Gumption. He went on at some length about “gumption”.

      2. Why? If your plan is ‘doom’ you’d make the perfect villain.

        1. I’m doomed, because it makes me sound like Robby Soave.

          Life… has no meaning…

      3. Yeah, having to keep fighting Glados would probably doom you. Plus you’d have to deal with all those stupid cake memes.

    3. You are the ORGANIZER.

      A challenge from the elements like rain on the day of an outdoor rally is no match for you. Your quick thinking and organizing skills help you anticipate all possibilities and have a plan in place. Others know they can count on you to be resourceful, mobilize people, and get things done. Be careful not to overexert yourself, though ? you deserve to take a break just as much as anyone else.

      I feel so empowered!

    4. Your activist superpower is: Seeing the Future!

      You are the VISIONARY.

      A little clairvoyance can go a long way in social justice activism. Your strength is analysis, so you understand how our everyday experiences fit into the bigger picture. You have a smart take on the issues we’re facing and on strategies for what’s coming up next. It’s great to look ahead ? but also remember to give yourself some time to be in the present moment for your own self-care.

      Shit, i didn’t see that coming

      1. I got the same. Then I went to the bathroom for some self-care. Good advice.

    5. Ugh. There’s no sarcastic answers!

  15. Hillary Clinton attended a performance of The Color Purple and received three standing ovations.

    Were any of them faithless applauders who were swayed by the words spoken by the actors and actresses?

    1. The Color Purple – like her bruised reputation and ego?

      1. Evidently, nothing can damage her reputation among the proglodytes.

        1. Some people may have been applauding the end of her political career.

          They would be wrong.

  16. Visit a Squirrel Hospital

    Near Boulder, Colorado, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center houses a squirrel rehab center. National Geographic visited and made the video below, showing us what life is like inside a “squirrel hospital.”

    The patients are mainly orphaned baby squirrels and injured adults. It’s not easy rehabilitating squirrels. They need careful handling as patients, along with a hands-off process to reintroduce them to the wild.

    Come for the cute squirrels, stay for the good work.

    1. You find injured tree rats and you don’t just put them out of our misery?

      Disgusting.

      1. You find injured tree rats and you don’t just cook ’em up for dinner?

        FTFY.

    2. For fuck’s sake, why? Who’s paying for that?

      1. “For less than a dollar a day, you ….”

        1. Feed a Venezuelan Family of 16.

            1. Orphan Squirrels. Got a better idea?

              1. Make the orphan squirrels run a website server. No way that can go wrong, right?

        2. I know each of us has different priorities, but I just can’t wrap my mind around the decisions that some people make.

          “Hmmm, it’s Christmastime and I’m feeling generous this year. Should I write a check to Helen Keller International and help prevent blindness in the Third World? Or should I write a check to the squirrel shelter? Awww, they’re so cute!”

          1. Preventing blindness is ableist nonsense, so there’s that to keep in mind.

    3. They just put the injured squirrel down and then bring out a healthy other one. They’re all the same.

      1. I gave up shooting them in the backyard. Two more showed up for every squirrel I shot. They would literally climb over the dead body of other squirrels to get bird seed.

        1. Unsentimental beasts, squirrels. That’s why they are so suited to their task here

          1. The Libertarian of the animal kingdom?

        2. I had a cat whose favorite food was squirrel brains. I think he cleared an acre or so around my property of squirrels. I stopped seeing them.

        3. “I gave up shooting them in the backyard. Two more showed up for every squirrel I shot.”

          ^This^

          One summer I shot 177 squirrels out of my pear trees so that I might actually get some pears in the fall. I ate as many as I could, burned out on that and started burying them around the yard for fertilizer and in the fall I had zero pears and every damned tree had a squirrel nest in it.

          It’s a battle you cant win.

        4. What kind of dumb squirrels do you have?

          After I start the backyard hunting season here, they learn quickly that the apple tree means death. All the other trees are fine.

          1. The grey kind.

        5. I had 10 or so kills last year & gave up for the exact same reason. I’d see one & think, fuck I coulda sworn I killed you yesterday. Little shits

  17. A self-described UFO skeptic in Canada says he can’t identify a flying object that looks like a Star Trek starship.

    He just knows he wants to keep J.J. Abrams the hell away from it.

  18. Giant cockerel made of manure erected in Russia

    A giant cockerel made out of manure has been created by an artist in Russia to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac year.

    1. Now, that’s some good shit!

    2. They used the wrong type of excrement.

    3. Just another attack on the US Democratic Party.

      1. No, there’s a difference between a shit chicken and a chickenshit.

    4. If that’s the turd, imagine the arsehole…

    5. “It’s a crap”

      /Admiral Akbar

      1. *golf clap*

    6. “erected”

      *giggle*

      /I’m 12

  19. A red nova could be observed in 5 years.

  20. A game of ‘Family Feud’ at home turns into screwdriver attack in ear

    The fight erupted during a game of “Family Feud” they were playing at a home at about 11 p.m. Jan. 1, according to the arrest report.

    Jerneen Green, 42, was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She was jailed on Stock Island on $20,000 bond.

    While Green said her niece, Tia Parrado, attacked her and she hit her back only in self-defense, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Parrado bleeding from her ear and confused.

    Parrado told deputies she was at Green’s home when her aunt accused her of stealing money and attacked her, first hitting her in the mouth with a piece of wood and then stabbing her in the ear with a screwdriver when she tried to leave.

    1. I hope they never play Stratego or chess together.

      1. Yep. Better stick to tic-tac-toe.

        1. +1 Pakistan threatening my border

    2. In my house, Pictionary games have come very close to this ending.

        1. Fake.

            1. But accurate.

              1. It’s not rape-rape but it’s close enough.

    3. I hate Steve Harvey, too, but not enough to shank a bitch in the ear.

      Maybe hit a motherfucker with a bar of soap in a sock?

    4. Sounds like a family feud to me. Were they doing it wrong?

    5. If we’d had a second girl, we were gonna name her ‘Jerneen’.

  21. Benjamin Netanyahu says the suspect in a attack by truck in Jerusalem that killed 4 may have supported ISIS.

    Trump, are you listening? Bibi the Rat wants us in another Middle East ground war.

    1. Pay your bet shitstain.

    2. Why not? Obama already has us involved in 3, what’s one more?

  22. Nine Trump Nominees Who’ll Face Extreme Vetting by Democrats

    A marathon of Senate confirmation hearings starting this week will give Democrats the chance to put Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees on trial even though they have little chance of actually blocking any of them.

    Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is in talks with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the full scope of the hearings — demanding, among other things, full paperwork in advance and at least two days of hearings on eight of the most troublesome nominees for Democrats.

    A ninth candidate — Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, picked to become attorney general — will also face heavy fire but isn’t on Schumer’s list.

    1. I can’t wait for the next D president when these tactics will once again become partisan obstructionism.

    2. A ninth candidate — Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, picked to become attorney general — will also face heavy fire but isn’t on Schumer’s list.

      Of course not. The douche is a Senator.

    3. “Schumer’s List”. Somebody should do a movie.

      1. Amy has fucked so many guys that movie would be looooooong movie.

  23. Deputies mistake kitty litter for meth; after 3 days in jail

    Of course, initially it had the strong odor of marijuana.

    1. “It was only after sneaking a pellet from the evidence locker and failing to catch a buzz that deputies supsected something was off about their meth suspicions.”

  24. Free speech arrests are on the rise in Myanmar, whose head of government is now Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

    1. We should really keep a closer eye on these peace prize winners. It’s almost as if it’s a complete misnomer.

  25. This is the senior editor of Think Progress, the leading left-wing blog

    A twitter screenshot of the assumed bias of a visiting plumber.

    1. Paranoid loon projects own biases on disinterested technician, news at 11.

      1. I was reading it wondering if it was trolling — openly admitting to being a racist fuck who gets agitated when a white person he invited into his house is courteous and professional while doing the job he was hired to do, leading the writer to conclude said courteous professional might really be a monster.

        Who the fuck thinks like this?

        1. I know people who think like that.

          They’re not mentally well.

          1. I confess, I was half expecting him to complain that the plumber was undressing him with his eyes. The poor plumber was probably adding clothes.

        2. Who the fuck thinks like this?

          Racists. It’s just that most of them know to keep it to themselves in modern society.

    2. What a pitiful bigot.

    3. What in hell?

    4. The Plumber’s tweet: Some weirdo customer kept staring at my crack as I worked. *Shrugs*

    5. I can no longer tell satire from truth. And my irony meter broke long ago. Regardless, I enjoyed this twitter response:

      “As a New Jerseyan traveling in South this winter, I’m a bit concerned people think I might be a sore-loser Dem crybaby.”

  26. California funded the first sex reassignment surgery for an inmate in the U.S., although the federal government could end up paying for up to 95 percent of the costs.

    “Why should I care what Congress does with its money?”

  27. Mitch McConnell says Senate Democrats have to “grow up” and let Trump’s cabinet nominees be confirmed.

    Those damn democrats, always trying to shut down the government.

  28. Obama Refugee Officials Worry About the Future Under Donald Trump

    The problem for Richard and her allies is that the next President of the United States, who will effectively run her office when she leaves on January 20, disagrees with that conclusion. President-elect Donald Trump was swept into victory after comparing Syrian refugees to snakes and calling for the banning of Muslims before backtracking. One of his major promises on the campaign trail was to cut admissions for refugees to Syria and institute tougher vetting on those seeking asylum in the U.S., particularly those from areas fighting terrorism. “If I win they are going back,” Trump said during a primary stop in New Hampshire about the refugees who have already been resettled.

    Inside and outside of the State Department, those who handle work around refugee resettlement are worried about the future of their work in the Trump administration. Many are working to share positive refugee stories with hopes of changing the hearts and minds of skeptics. While questions loom, the work continues?a little over 25,000 refugees have already been admitted to the U.S. since the beginning of the fiscal year?but on day one of the Trump administration things could change significantly.

    1. Obama Refugee Officials

      Nice band name.

      1. “Worried About the Future” = good album name.

        1. +1 “The Future Freaks Me Out”

    2. If these refugees are so great, how come they don’t get settled in Washington DC?

      1. Or Chappaqua NY for that matter.

      2. Washington DC

        The neighborhoods are far too dangerous.

      3. Haven’t you heard? Rental car rates there are astronomical.

    3. I don’t think they can be refugees until they actually flee Washington. Hint, hint.

    4. Every time I see pictures of refugees I see less downtrodden refugees and more tired migrants than anything.

      Love how the media lumps them all into ‘Syrian refugees’ without mentioning most are from other countries and are simply migrants.

      1. They are not yet so unaware as to not realize that people have sympathy for those forced to flee a brutal war – but not for mooches coming in because they expect free everything.

      2. Refugees admitted in the US (or Canada), or the “refugees” in Europe?

  29. “Hillary Clinton attended a performance of The Color Purple and received three standing ovations.”

    These people are just sick. They actually believe Hillary Clinton is a saint and martyr; a victim.

    They should be booing her for destroying the Democrat party and ostracizing an entire generation of bleeding heart progressives who now despite the Democratic Party.

    1. I’m going with ‘despise’.

      1. Damn Reason comments not allowing edits.

        1. If there were an edit feature, I’d go back to the Campaign 2016 threads and change my comments to predictions of Trump winning.

          No, maybe I wouldn’t, but I’d *think* about it.

  30. Trump’s Presidency Is Already Making Republicans Love Big Government More

    A few weeks after the presidential election, Donald Trump’s economic advisor Stephen Moore told a group of top Republican lawmakers that they no longer belonged to the conservative party of Ronald Reagan but to Trump’s populist working-class party. Moore said Republicans, in this new era of Trump, should be “less ideologically pure” and instead try to help Trump give Americans what he promised them: trade protections, massive infrastructure spending, and a border wall.

    This is the same Stephen Moore who up until November 8 had spent much of his career arguing for supply-side economic reforms, ample immigration, and free trade. Not anymore. Trump’s election has turned him into an economic populist. “Having spent the last three or four months on the campaign trail,” he told The Hill, “it opens your eyes to the everyday anxieties and financial stress people are facing.” For Moore, as for Trump, that means the government is here to help.

    1. Tea-bags love them some Big Gov GOP POTUS.

      KEEP ER GODDAMN GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MAH MEDICARE!

      1. Pay your bet fuckstain.

    2. And Krugman posted an article entitled “Deficits Matter Again”

      Politics makes so many damn hypocrites.

      1. “Charlie NY 2 hours ago
        Paul, thank you for saying what I’m sure is obvious to your readers. As is so often the case, we’re indebted to you raising the issue for the willfully blind. Specifically, those in the media who certainly understand the brazen con game the Republicans have been playing: when they’re in power and they use it for their purposes – tax cuts for rich people and to advantage the powerful, deficits are no problem. When a Democratic administration is in power, under any circumstances- even to save the country, they are anathema.

        I think back to an earlier era and I know that David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite and company certainly wouldn’t let this scam go unremarked. Please keep it up. I’m hoping your honestly will shame today’s newsperson into action.”

        Reply 141Recommend

        1. even to save the country

          Yeah, Cash for Clunkers really shored up our flagging economy. Moron.

    3. Hey now, I’ve got 11 more days to enjoy the salty ham tears. We’ve got 8 years to pick apart Trump.

    4. So, according to Moore, he never thought supply-side reforms and free trade actually worked, he was just ideologically committed to them?

    5. “Moore said Republicans, in this new era of Trump, should be “less ideologically pure” ”

      Is that even possible? It would be like telling Miley Cyrus to be less prudish.

      1. Leave Miley Alone!

  31. Barack Obama insisted in an interview on ABC News

    “Interview” you say. His balls must have shone like a mirror after Stephie was done licking them.

    1. Don’t pick on Stephanopolous, I bet he did a real good job repeating the questions that the White House handed him

    2. Don’t be ridiculous, Sthephy spent plenty of time polishing his knob and tossing his salad too.

    3. I assume the interview was via satellite since George’s wife said months ago that they were looking at New Zealand real estate just in case Trump won.

  32. Shit. Posted this in the wrong thread.

    24 years later and The Kids in the Hall still rock:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1tFbZ5kaY8

    1. Awesome

  33. 3 Positive Legacies President Obama Leaves Behind

    1. Authorizing Osama bin Laden’s Death
    2. Appointing Francis Collins to the National Institutes of Health
    3. Signing the 21st Century Cures Act

    This is a good place as any – what do you think will be the long-term effects of Obama’s legacy? What has he done right? And what has he done wrong?

    1. 1. Authorizing Osama bin Laden’s Death
      2. Appointing Francis Collins to the National Institutes of Health
      3. Signing the 21st Century Cures Act

      1. What courage that took!
      2. Who gives a fuck?
      3. Who gives a fuck?

      1. How many regulations spilled forth uder the auspices of #3? How much damage does NIH do?

        1. It’s transitory.

      2. OBL was a sick old man with little strategic value. He got what he deserved but it says a lot if that was the greatest thing Obama did.

        1. He didn’t actually DO anything. Rough men with guns did the doing.

          1. Ehh, it’s not some trifle to authorize an attack on a supposed ally’s soil.

            Not that it took stones, and it’s not as if he would pay much of the price of a total fuck up, but it wasn’t a no-doi! choice either.

    2. First, the Cures Act provides much needed regulatory reform for the Food and Drug Administration. …

      “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.”

      1. *** closes tag and gets coffee ***

        1. *finishes coffee and begins applause*

    3. Leaving a healthy economy behind (4.7 UE, inflation dead, cut deficit in half, 75 consecutive months of private sector job creation, tripled stock market, created more wealth than any other POTUS).

      If Reagan had done this well wingnuts would be licking his dusty nutsack.

      1. A healthy economy that has bounced back despite Obama’s best efforts. Without the government’s “interventions” it would’ve bounced back far quicker. Just like when FDR’s economic policies managed to extend the Great Depression for years.

        1. Debatable. The US performed much better than Europe has.

          When it became apparent that our banking system had raised sufficient capital (due to a 2009 program called SCAP) we rebounded quickly while Europe is still struggling with their banks.

        2. The labor force participation rate is the lowest since the 1970s, if the rate was the same as when Obama took office unemployment would be much higher. Not a single instance of 3% growth or greater for his entire presidency, and doubling the national debt. Weakest “recovery” since the Great Depression. Get Obama’s balls out of your mouth and pay your bet, assnugget.

          1. ^This. Extremely tepid recovery by almost all measures from such a deep shock.

      2. Pay your bet, shitstain.

      3. created more wealth than any other POTUS

        “You didn’t build that”

      4. inflation dead

        Really? The devaluation of fiat currency has ended? Seriously?

        cut deficit in half

        He increased the chocolate ration to 20 grams a month!!

        Note: inaugurated in 2009

        Deficits in billions
        2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
        $161 $458 $1,413 $1,294 $1,295 $1,087 $679 $485 $438 $587

        75 consecutive months of private sector job creation

        good to know a growing population didn’t wind up with fewer jobs

        tripled stock market, created more wealth than any other POTUS

        You realize that POTUSes don’t actually create wealth, they steal it, yeah? But, sure, “you didn’t build that bridge”

        1. tripled stock market

          i.e., threw money at Wall Street

        2. Bush left a $1.4 trillion deficit in 2009, as you note. The CBO published that number before he left office.

          Now it is less than half that amount.

          1. Pay your bet, dishonest shitstain.

          2. Odd how the numbers started going down when Team Red took over the House.

          3. Of which 1 trillion was a one-time expense, and the front end of a big recession so receipts dipped.

            Not that he wasn’t a spend-happy big-government Republican. But let’s be honest.

            The reason Obama never submitted a budget was so that they could continue spending at the huge levels of “stimulus” era Washington without actually saying so.

            The last decade has represented a complete abdication of responsibility by the national government. You can claim no glory for either party off of anything in the last decade. Strike that. Make it a decade and a half.

          4. Spending is controlled by Congress.

            The Republicans left in 2007 with a debt of $161B

            In TWO WHOLE YEARS!, the Dems jacked it up to 1.4T

            then the deficits started dropping again when the elephants took over the house.

      5. created more wealth than any other POTUS

        Well that’s interesting. How did he create wealth, exactly? Educate me.

        1. First, you take a bunch of money from productive people. Then you give it to unproductive people. Boom! Prosperity.

      6. Leaving a healthy economy behind (4.7 UE record low laborforce participation rate and record high food stamp beneficiaries, inflation fixed income investments dead, cut deficit in half debt nearly doubled, 75 consecutive months of private sector job creation the weakest recovery on record, tripled stock market, created more wealth than any other POTUS).

        Quite the legacy, no doubt.

      7. He’s so great he even gave himself a medal for his distinguished public service!

        Oh, it’s twue. It’s twue. It’s twue, it’s twue!

    4. I look forward to my hypothetical children being taught in school that Obama was a hero to rival FDR, boldly rescuing the economy and killing Bin Laden.

      1. And Bush = Hoover.

        Why would you expect anything different? Liberals write the history books, you know.

        1. Pay your bet fuckwad.

        2. The extent to which Obama can be considered successful is the extent to which his ambitions were limited by Congress.

          1. (And the several times SCOTUS actually stood up to him.)

    5. What has he done right?

      Jesus, didn’t realize this was gonna be MCAT-level difficult….

    6. He’s done almost everything wrong, but loosening the Cuba restrictions is the best thing he did. I also think Guantanamo should be closed.

    7. I’m OK with opening up Cuba to the influences of American culture. Thought that was the correct move, given sanctions had 50 years to work and did nothing to achieve their original goal (getting rid of a commie regime 90 miles from our coast). I also am loving the lamentations of the lefties who want to preserve Cuba in some sort of Marxist “paradise” stasis, so they can vacation there and get an “authentic” experience and feel all subversive.

      1. It’s funny that lefty subversion = siding with kleptocratic dictators against the US. Yeah, real brave stance of yours, championing murderous scumbags. At least it’s just brown people biting it, right?

  34. Free speech arrests are on the rise in Myanmar, whose head of government is now Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Arguably, after awarding said prize to Barack “Secret Unconstitutional Drone Kill List Cause Who Doesn’t Like to Openly Admit to Breaking Their Oath of Office by Murdering Anyone They Want and Totally Get a Pass on it from the Media” Obama, awarding the Peace Prize to someone who merely mass incarcerates dissenters, but doesn’t kill many of them, is a step in the direction of peaceful behavior.

  35. No wonder Progs are worried about Global Warming – they live on small islands in a sea of sanity.

    1. A fuckton of people live in those little dots and splotches, enough to give her a plurality of the votes.

      1. Which proves their insanity.

      2. Which is why the Electoral College exists, so a few big cities cannot dictate the presidency to the rest of the country.

    2. Huh. I saw a map that looked just like that not long ago. It was a map showing the high crime areas in the US.

      1. NO CORRELATION to see here. Move along.

  36. We’ll be happy to have him

    Witness Nathan Wood saw the attack unfold and followed the woman while on the phone to triple zero so he could give police a better description.

    ‘There was a guy following her, talking on the phone, he had balls,’ a witness told the Daily Telegraph of Mr Wood’s actions.

    Mr Wood, a U.S. national applying for Australian citizenship, downplayed his act of heroism.

    ‘I see Aussies punching sharks on the news, I figure I have got to do something to earn my citizenship,’ he said.

    1. Literally Lol’ed at The union organizer…

    2. One of the victims, 43-year-old Sharon Hacker (pictured) said she was told she only survived thanks to her thick dread locks

      And people say white person dreadlocks are worthless!

  37. Happy Monday! Feeling chipper? Well, let’s punch all three of your nuts!
    TW: Balko

  38. Federal workers worry about their jobs under Trump

    Trump, who ran on a promise to “drain the swamp,” has identified hiring freezes at most federal agencies as a top priority for his early days in office. Republican lawmakers, many of whom have long advocated for reducing Washington’s workforce, are looking to cut benefits and make it easier to fire poor performers.

    The threats and preliminary steps taken by Congress have created anxiety for many of the government’s 2.1 million employees.

    “People don’t know what to believe, and they’re in a state of uneasiness,” said Witold Skwierczynski, a Catonsville, Md., who heads the American Federation of Government Employees council that oversees Social Security Administration field offices. “That’s the feeling I hear. People are unsettled.”

    I’ve worked in the private sector… they expect results!

    1. “People don’t know what to believe, and they’re in a state of uneasiness,” said Witold Skwierczynski

      Sounds like the start of an Ayn Rand novel.

      *** ducks ***

    2. I was at a holiday party with people who worked for the private sector.

      They had no measurable goals because they were Environmental Law Compliance Officers, so they set a goal of having a local brew from each of the states in their region.

      Does that count as results?

    3. OH NOESSSSSSSSSS

    4. Wait, there’s 2.1 million federal employees?

      That’s a lot of government workers.

      1. There are 2.1 million federal employees, but not necessarily 2.1 million federal workers.

        1. +8 weeks’ vacation

          1. 8? I thought I got excessive leave time.

            1. Most of the govt people I worked with accrued the max amount of carry-over leave every year. It added up to a fuckton.

              1. I did that in about 5 years at my defense contractor job. Max. 400 hours, which had been gradually reduced from about 600 10 years prior. that’s 10 weeks.

                Thing is, I was only accruing 10 hours/month.

                Almost never taking vacation can have that effect. I don’t know how many hours just evaporated (if you fail to get down to 390 before the month’s accrual date, it goes away forever).

      2. That’s not even including the contractors, I assume? At my last job, 70% of the bureau I worked for was contractors.

    5. I like the folks that work on this project, but…really?

      My nickname for the program is “Elitist Fellowship for the Future Mugabes of Africa”.

  39. After last night’s Golden Globes I’m now fully onboard with Hollywood studios replacing all actors with CGI replicants.

    1. If you actually watched you are a brave soul, much braver than me.

  40. Leaving a healthy economy behind (4.7 UE, inflation dead, cut deficit in half, 75 consecutive months of private sector job creation, tripled stock market, created more wealth than any other POTUS).

    Sure, Shreeek. Whatever you say.

  41. President Obama awarded himself a medal last week. Notice all the adoring Soldiers and Marines in the stands saying farewell to their CINC.

    http://rabidrepublicanblog.com…..f-a-medal/

    1. Notice all of the empty seats. Do you think there was anyone there who hadn’t been ordered to attend other than Barry?

  42. I’m starting to get the distinct feeling Trump could take down 22 cats stuck in a tree in under three minutes, bang Merryl Streep (in under two minutes leaving her with the bill), save several kids from a burning fire AND fix all of Obama’s self-inflicted mess and people are still gonna scream, ‘but he made fun of a handicap!’

    1. What I hate about all this and find so tiresome is the hypocrisy. Trump is a jackass, sure, but by multiple accounts Hillary Clinton treats her underlings like dogshit. Staff, Secret Service, etc. But because Trump is more public about it that makes him a monster? Give me a break.

      1. All the stories that I’ve heard say that Trump treats good employees very well. He treats enemies and idiots like dogshit.

      2. Trump doesnt treat his staff badly. He just calls idiots and liars out. There is a big difference.

    2. but he made fun of a handicap

      Stossel has an article that was posted here where John says that this is a lie. Sullum repeated the lie in his column this morning. According to Stossel, the only way he made fun of a handicap is by comparing Republicans to them. What the non-insane would call ‘making fun of Republicans’.

      1. I’ve also seen this is another example of Trump doing “flustered loser” and not “handicapped guy” — he has the same hand gyrations and facial expressions in each example. There’s a video compilation of all of the times he’s done these gestures. Not saying it’s true at all, and perhaps he was making fun of the palsied reporter, but it seems like his go-to move whenever he wants to make fun of someone who can’t get their shit together.

  43. The Burma thing makes me sad. Just more evidence to never trust a politician.

    1. You know who else spent time as a political prisoner?

      1. Charles Manson?

      2. Napoleon Bonaparte?

  44. OT:

    Motivation factor is low when temps are in the single digits but I managed to finish the first pass of my (damn!) novel.

    Now it’s edit/rework time. More later.

    1. Congrats.

      I’ve been sidetracked into writing a fantasy piece instead of the books I’ve been trying to complete since the start of 2016. But that’s up to 26k words now and moving.

      Now if only I knew how to market it (or what to call the darn thing)

    2. My advice? Add more curse words.

    3. “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”

      /Churchill

      1. There was a man who did not enjoy the craft.

        1. I think that was humble-bragging.

  45. La La Landing a shred of hope on a hook of awards, a snake pit crowded with rich stinkers tranced on Marxian creed comes to grip with their flaccid inability to hammer societal submission through massive flickering hypnotic screens set in hushed murky halls.

    1. *applause*

    2. AC should make his own range of greeting cards. I’d buy ’em.

  46. Mr Free, you might appreciate this

    1. risky click

    2. Thanks!

  47. OMFG….I might need that TV key chain thingie, because today I have to listen to Meryl Streep on CNN over and over and over. Then listen to multiple exhaustive analyses about the significance of her speechifyin, as if it’s the geopolitical issue of the year. They’re now reviewing tapes of Trump supposedly mocking this journalist. Next up: CSIS white paper.

    1. SHE BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN!

      /burp.

    2. Do you work in a waiting room or something?

      1. I sit about 10 feet from the office kitchen/dining area.

        1. Obviously, you need to murder a coworker or two to move up the cubicle ladder.

        2. My condolences. Turning it off might not be palatable but I think you could probably walk in and turn down the volume.

  48. “The two stars of the KIC 9832227 binary system could collide, causing a red nova, within the next five years, says one astronomer.”

    Looking back in time is so yesterday.

  49. Someone up above linked to that idiot (who seems to have removed the tweet) but I found this:

    “Media
    Ned Resnikoff ?@resnikoff 22h22 hours ago
    Reminded of this @CasMudde paper on why Canada lacks a prominent far-right movement https://works.bepress.com/cas_mudde/116/

    Apparently, to Captain Projection multiculturalism = no far right parties in Canada. I highly doubt he actually read the paper.

    Over to Pan and JT.

  50. today I have to listen to Meryl Streep on CNN over and over and over.

    Speaking truth to power!

    1. I can’t even imagine the amount bravery and determination it must take for a Hollywood A-lister to speak out against a Republican, at an awards ceremony filled with people who agree with you no less. Those pussy ass Soviet dissidents got nothing on Meryl “Truth to Power” Streep.

  51. I need an update on the State of the Disunion. How is the commentariat these days?

    1. Optimistic yet at the same time pessimistic.

      1. A pleasurable feeling deep in the bowels?

        1. What about Mexicans and pot?

  52. How is the commentariat these days?

    It hurts when I do *this*.

  53. I am one who is happy that we now have a president that does not accept everything the CIA etal tell him

  54. The intelligence assessment of Russians and their hacking activities is so last week already.

    By next week, it will all be ancient history.

  55. I think the reason The Meryl Streep speech is playing so well in the press is because the press are slowly getting the impression that not only were they wrong in gauging the public’s support for the progressives and Hillary Clinton, they were wrong in gauging support for journalists and journalism.

    Here’s somebody saying that the press has a sacred responsibility to hold Presidents accountable–as if the press isn’t awful.

    But the press is awful, and most Americans are hostile to it–for the same reasons they’re hostile to all the other elitists.

    “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history . . . . down eight percentage points from last year.”

    —-Gallup

    “Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low”

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/195…..w-low.aspx

    September 14, 2016

  56. California funded the first sex reassignment surgery for an inmate in the U.S.

    This worries me, and not just for the usual “California is crazy” reasons. There’s the horrid possibility of the government imposing involuntary sex reassignment on inmates, in a 21st century version of “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

    “We’re not castrating all the males on the ‘sex offender’ list; we’re just giving them sex reassignment surgery. You don’t think that’s fair? Well, you’re right – we need to extend that to inmates convicted of other offenses as well.”

  57. Hillary Clinton attended a performance of The Color Purple and received three standing ovations.

    Let’s see how she does at an NHRA or NASCAR event.

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