Boom Goes the Senate on Gorsuch, Military Action in Syria Mulled, Don Rickles Dies: P.M. Links

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  • Don Rickles
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    The United States Senate has been nuked! Wait, that's not what I meant. The GOP has invoked the "nuclear option" to break a Democratic filibuster and force the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to a vote.

  • House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is stepping down from all matters connected to the congressional probe of potential links between Russia and attempts to interfere/manipulate the 2016 presidential election. He himself is now being investigated as to whether he made unauthorized disclosures of classified information when he ran to the press about incidental collection of private communications from President Donald Trump's transition team.
  • Turkish officials say the deadly nerve gas used to kill Syrian civilians was likely sarin. The United States is reportedly considering military options.
  • Don't go sharing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin that have been Photoshopped to look like a gay clown in his country if you know what's good for you.
  • A Secret Service agent assigned to protect Vice President Mike Pence was caught visiting a prostitute in a Maryland hotel and suspended.
  • Astronaut John Glenn was laid to rest today at Arlington Cemetery.
  • Famed insult comic Don Rickles has died at age 90.

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    1. Hello.

      Rickles was funny.

      I wonder how many millennials would be able to take him.

      1. Millenials? What do they think they are special? A bunch of dummies. No wonder they feel entitled, with a name like that. Shrillenials. That’s what they are.

      2. “how many millennials”

        ^ Might be a collectivist.

      3. Can you imagine the r?i?o?t?s? protests that would happen if this had happened in 2017? It is pretty cringe-worthy – not to insult the recently deceased, RIP – but humor has definitely changed through the years.

        1. “I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks,” Rickles said, and then proceeded to do just that: “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.”

          That’s not cringe worthy.

          That’s hilarious.

          1. Agree to disagree? Maybe I’m just proving your musings about millennials correct, but it made me cringe, anyway.

            1. I like that he wasn’t afraid of Obama is all.

              Unlike the cast of SNL and that bull shit they pulled with Obama.

              Rickles WAS/IS comedy with balls.

              1. I haven’t seen that much, but ballsy would definitely be a good word to describe his routines. I guess to your point, there were so many legitimate goof-ups he could have made fun of Obama for, I just don’t think he need to take it… there.

                1. Disagree that he was ballsy. He mocked everyone and was loved. It was when people could laugh at themselves because they knew he wasn’t serious. He also did it without being crude or vulgar.

                  Everyone he met says he had a heart of gold

                  1. Eh, we’re really comparing apples to oranges as far as what’s considered “ballsy” to what demographic in what time period… no doubt he was a legend and a great guy! I was just thinking about here & now, in 2017. That particular joke just didn’t sit well with me and I’m sure some of my more liberal peers would have wanted him crucified for it.

                    1. That’s because you are all humorless toejams.

      4. But it’s too bad Jack E. Leonard had to die so long ago that people forget whose act it was.

  1. Famed insult comic Don Rickles has died at age 90.

    Now hockey puck reverts back to its original meaning.

    1. Rickles at Reagan’s 2nd inaugural after being introduced by that midget Emmanuel Lewis: “If you see the Marines come after me, play ‘Glory, Glory, Halleluja’ and shoot Webster.’

    1. The money I’d pay just to spend one day inside Trump Fun Land.

    2. That is awesome! Can’t wait until he gets Donald saying it too

  2. A Secret Service agent assigned to protect Vice President Mike Pence was caught visiting a prostitute in a Maryland hotel and suspended.

    If you’re going to pay to get serviced, at least keep it secret.

    1. why is this news?

      1. They should call it olds, am I right?

        1. I laughed out loud to this. Thank you

  3. “A Secret Service agent assigned to protect Vice President Mike Pence was caught visiting a prostitute in a Maryland hotel and suspended.”

    See what can happen if you don’t keep your wife by your side??

    1. It looks like that sentence was cutoff. How did he suspend the prostitute?

      1. Duct tape.

  4. The United States is reportedly considering military options.

    Have they even tried the diplomatic (i.e. writing big checks) approach?

    1. We’ve given guns and money to just about everyone over except Assad. Maybe we should just ask him what his price is.

  5. Don’t go sharing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin that have been Photoshopped to look like a gay clown in his country if you know what’s good for you.

    Because it’s an Associated Press photo that they didn’t pay rights for?

  6. According to Sen. Markey, CATO is nothing more than a front group

    This is the first time probably in US history where we have undisclosed money infecting the #SCOTUS confirmation process. #StopGorsuch

    1. Markey is full of malarkey.

      1. Well, his weekend band is called Malarkey Markey And The Sulky Bunch.

  7. Trump’s budget is the same size as what we’re already spending. He is getting involved in N. Korea. He is getting involved in Syria. He wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. Call me crazy, but I’m starting to doubt that he’s a small-government type of Republican.

    1. The only qualification he needed was not being Hillary. Sadly, that’s also the only qualification he had.

      1. Good enough for most liberpublicans.

    2. Call me crazy, but I’m starting to doubt that he’s a small-government type of Republican.

      Did he run on that?

      I thought, as Shirley Knotts points out, he had the only qualification necessary of being ‘not Hitllary’ and the whole small government thing was left to a wing and a prayer… and the shambling obstructionist corpse of a divided GOP?

      1. … and the shambling obstructionist corpse of a divided GOP?

        As if, aside from the Tea Party/Freedom Caucus, libertarians and the LP had lots of other options.

      2. Don’t forget the Supremees

      3. W ran as a big government republican.

        That small government ship sailed long ago

      4. He ran on repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and not going to war with Russia, all of which he has failed to do.

  8. Don Rickles dies, but John Glenn gets buried? This is crazy!!!

  9. Who will play Mr Potato man now

  10. Finally, someone mentioned Rickles. Reason should go dark for 10 minutes in his memory. But a couple of weeks of broken commenting could suffice.

    1. #endlessmourning

  11. The GOP has invoked the “nuclear option” to break a Democratic filibuster and force the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to a vote.

    Luckily there’s absolutely no way this will come back to bite them in the ass.

    1. It’s simple, just change the rule back to what it was before Team Blue takes over again. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

      1. There’s a reason it’s called the nuclear option. It’s pretty much irreversible.

        1. It has been dead for years.

    2. Luckily there’s absolutely no way this will come back to bite [us] in the ass.

      Sen. Harry Reid, 2013

    3. Luckily there’s absolutely no way this will come back to bite them in the ass.

      Sarcasm fail — the Dems were going to go nuclear as soon as they got back the Senate and WH. And of course (as the MSM has completely forgotten) they did go nuclear in 2014 in order to pack the lower courts with Obama stooges before the GOP took back the Senate. So you’re going to have a hard time blaming the GOP for this.

      1. No they won’t. They didn’t even have a hard time blaming republicans for the Democrat invocation of the Nuclear Option (TM).

  12. Insult comedian Groucho Marx once said that after he became famous he couldn’t insult anyone anymore, they’d just start laughing.

  13. Insult comedian Groucho Marx once said that after he became famous he couldn’t insult anyone anymore, they’d just start laughing.

  14. Insult comedian Groucho Marx once said that after he became famous he couldn’t insult anyone anymore, they’d just start laughing.

    1. SquirrelSurprise!

    2. repeat
      SquirrelSurprise!

      1. ffs

  15. He himself is now being investigated as to whether he made unauthorized disclosures of classified information when he ran to the press about incidental collection of private communications from President Donald Trump’s transition team.

    What difference, at this point, does necessary criminal intent make?

  16. Turkish officials say the deadly nerve gas used to kill Syrian civilians was likely sarin. The United States is reportedly considering military options.

    Has anyone else noticed that gas attacks pop up right around the time the U.S. is being accused of isolationism?

    1. It comes right after Trump said Assad was the best option. The last *alleged* Assad gas attack came right after Obama promised air superiority to the insurgents in the event of an Assad gas attack. Maybe just maybe there’s a pattern here that seems to be widely and purposefully ignored.

  17. [Nunes] himself is now being investigated as to whether he made unauthorized disclosures of classified information when he ran to the press about incidental collection of private communications from President Donald Trump’s transition team.

    I take it Reason has reversed its position on the whole Snowden thing? This hypocrisy and prostration before the Dem narrative is getting fucking ridiculous.

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