A.M. Links: Trump to Sign 'Buy American and Hire American' Executive Order, British Prime Minister Calls for New General Election, Suspected Facebook Killer Still at Large

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    President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order today designed to give force to his "Buy American and Hire American" agenda.

  • "A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities via hacking."
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election on June 8.
  • Suspected Facebook killer Steve W. Stephens is still at large.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn an order by the Arkansas Supreme Court stopping that state from executing two death row inmates.
  • Voters in Georgia head to the polls today for a special primary election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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  1. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order today designed to give force to his “Buy American and Hire American” agenda.

    He’s delivering on his promise of expensive, shoddily built goods.

    1. I want my tequila from Mexico, my pasta from Italy, my wine from France, and my brazillian from a Brazilian, dammit!

      1. And your fine china from Korea?

          1. North Korea’s got such a supply of soft children’s bones to make the finest china out of.

  2. “A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea’s missile capabilities via hacking.”

    By planting malware onto the country’s fax machine.

    1. “Now, where’z we gunna get enough red paint ta make a sumfing as ‘uge as dis Kill Kroozer go fasta?”

      -Intercepted Nork cable

      1. Red onez go faster.

    2. Or their copy of Photoshop.

  3. British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election on June 8.

    So they just call for elections willy-nilly over there? Big Ballot is behind this.

  4. “?The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn an order by the Arkansas Supreme Court stopping that state from executing two death row inmates.”

    Can’t fathom any reason why anybody would expect the SCOTUS to overturn the state supreme court on an issue involving violation of state laws.

    1. Really? Some state laws can violate the federal constitution and so are proper matters for the Supreme Court to take up. The state supreme court can be overturned, for example, if it approves a religious requirement for state office, or a violation of church/state separation, or restrictions on gun ownership, free press, or permits slavery (outside the bounds of state service of course), etc.
      Federalism is all well and good, but it’s a division of powers, not a delegation of all power to the states.

      1. Yes, but how could a state court’s stay on execution violate the federal constitution? There’s nothing in the federal constitution requiring people to be executed.

        1. Yeah, unless it’s a “cruel and unusual punishment” thing, I don’t see how the SC has any business getting involved in state decisions about the death penalty. Least of all when it’s a decision not to execute someone.

          1. Which is why they failed to get involved.

            The issue is the maniacs in the state that are so keen on murdering dudes that they forced this all the way to the USSC.

  5. Suspected Facebook killer Steve W. Stephens is still at large.

    If your parents named you twice, you might go on a spree, too.

  6. Voters in Georgia head to the polls today for a special primary election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Trump hasn’t cancelled all elections yet? What kind of dictator is he?

    1. Fucking lazy, no good, do nothing fascist!

  7. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn an order by the Arkansas Supreme Court stopping that state from executing two death row inmates.

    More like death row, am I right? (Rhymes with now.)

  8. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order today designed to give force to his “Buy American and Hire American” agenda.

    I’m American and I’m selling these BAHA hats, let’s star there.

  9. British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election on June 8.

    Therexit

    1. Wherexit?

  10. “A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea’s missile capabilities via hacking.”

    Hacking, is there anything it can’t do?

  11. Voters in Georgia head to the polls today for a special primary election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    THIS WILL BE THE TEST OF THE GOP’S HOLD ON THE HOUSE. Unless it isn’t.

    1. Cool your jets, shit stirrer. The House of Representatives is a social construct and doesn’t actually exist.

      1. If only!

    2. Georgia is electing 31 representatives for one seat?

  12. This is not a happy story

    Female suicide bomber attacks in West Africa on pace to quadruple in 2017

    The rate at which female suicide bombers, many of them young girls, have been used in West Africa in 2017 has significantly risen compared to 2016.

    …snip

    The ages of the bombers have ranged from just seven-years-old to middle-aged. The use of women can make it easier for jihadist groups to conduct suicide attacks, as explosives may be easier to hide, and men are less likely to search women due to cultural sensitivities.

    Some countries, such as Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, have banned certain Islamic dress to try to combat this. However, the jihadists continue to exploit females in their attacks in West Africa. Based on the numbers seen so far in 2017, this tactic is on the rise in a significant way.

    1. Anything you can explode, I can explode better?

    2. What, you’re against gender equality?

    3. “…men are less likely to search women due to cultural sensitivities.”

      So no grabbing them by the pussy in Africa? At least our President knows how to keep this country safe.

  13. Suspected Facebook killer Steve W. Stephens is still at large.

    The W. stands for “Weven,” doesn’t it.

    Am i the only one who sees “Facebook killer” and thinks, “thank God somebody finally took down that site”?

  14. “A dream scenario for liberals would be a knockout blow in which Democrat Jon Ossoff clears 50 percent in Tuesday’s primary battle with 17 other candidates ? including 11 GOP candidates.”

    I’m going to go way out on a limb here and predict this guy isn’t going to get 50% of the vote with 17 other candidates in the race today. Trump will tweet what yyuuge victory this is, and yet they will probably piss away that seat in the runoff election in June anyhow.

    1. What a shock that the same “geniuses” who thought there was no way Hillary could ever possibly lose think that a wet behind the ears Millennial commie can win in the wealthy north Atlanta suburbs.

  15. Buy local, or you’re a traitor!

    1. Or a tailor. I mean, you just can’t find quality fabrics here anymore.

  16. ‘If I could leave him with a happy piece of news then why wouldn’t I? And maybe in the end it won’t turn out to be a lie’.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..ached.html

    1. he may not be happy to see the gold-plated gates

    2. In the games, he dressed as a woman and was called ‘Skaggy Maggie’.

      Well that explains the Trump hate.

    3. He was ecstatic at the thought of President Pence.

  17. 2 lanes on I-20 West open after highway buckles; repairs underway

    Two right lanes on I-20 West between Candler and Gresham roads in DeKalb County are open again after a portion of the highway buckled earlier Monday due to a damaged gas line, police said.

    More stadiums, less infrastructure spending!

    1. Isn’t I-85 still hosed?

      GDOT officials announced on April 4, 2017, that repairs could be completed by mid-June 2017.[12] Traffic is being diverted to I-285, I-75 and SR 400.

      I guess maintenance spending isn’t sexy.

    2. I was amazed this morning to see that all lanes were open… including the one that bust open.

      In other news, the problem that happened wasn’t actually due to any lack of maintenance. It was due to a fuck-up by the contractor who was doing maintenance.

  18. Boeing to Dismiss Hundreds of Engineers Amid Sales Slowdown

    The Chicago-based company, which emerged as the face of U.S. manufacturing under President Donald Trump, has been winnowing employment for more than a year as a record jetliner sales spree fades. Boeing trimmed the Washington workforce by 9 percent to 70,640 employees over the past year. The company’s total headcount has shrunk 7.6 percent to 146,962 since March 2016.

    Thanks, Daddy!

  19. That’s just what he wants you to think: President Trump’s Favorite Conspiracy Theorist Is Just ‘Playing a Character,’ His Lawyer Says

    The Austin American-Statesman reports Jones is in the middle of a custody battle, and his ex-wife and mother of his three children, Kelly Jones, has said his fiery rants prove he is not a fit parent. “He’s not a stable person,” Kelly Jones has said, according to the Statesman. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”

    1. Far be it from me to decide what’s best for the Jones children; however, whatever the mom chooses to do here is now Public Record and the Internet does not forget.

      She should tread very carefully here, for no other reason than each statement and allegation she makes will haunt her and her children in perpetuity.

      Fucking Family Law. The worst of the worst.

      1. Fucking Family Law. The worst of the worst.

        That is something I agree with.

        1. In the entirety of the law, no other equity court has as large an impact on an individual’s life.

          The sexes enjoy different and subjective standards, the judges are Eichmann-esque, and case law means nothing. “Best interests of the child” is the prevailing principle, yet it is almost never the case that the best interests of the child include the child’s preference.

          Further, in family law, a male child who is raped can be on the hook for paternity because of a State’s “superior interest in requiring the natural parents of the child to support the child.”

          Fucked. Fuck-ed. Fooked.

  20. Mountain lion takes small dog from Bay Area bedroom

    The dog, a 15-pound Portuguese Podengo, was at the foot of a bed near the dog’s owner and a child when it woke them up around 3 a.m. by “barking aggressively.”

    The adult witness told authorities she saw the shadow of an animal come into the room through the French doors, grab the dog from the bed, and walk out. When she grabbed a flashlight, she saw “large wet paw prints” near the bedroom’s entrance, and called 911.

    They are the Navy SEALS of cats.

    1. Cats are finally fighting back!

    2. Always funny.

      Also, Portuguese Podengo was my nickname in college.

  21. Because it’s about wire tapping:

    How Secret Underwater Wiretapping Helped End the Cold War

    Secrets haunt the still-classified Operation Ivy Bells, a daring Cold War wiretapping operation conducted 400 feet underwater.

    It’s the summer of 1972 and the U.S. is in the middle of pulling off the most daring, covert, and dangerous operation of the Cold War. Only a few months before, the signing of SALT I (Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty) limited the number of nuclear missiles of the world’s two largest superpowers. Yet even with this well-publicized US/Soviet d?tente in place, a submerged American submarine rests mere miles from the Russian coastline.

    At the bottom of the Sea of Okhotsk, the U.S. nuclear submarine Halibut silently listens to the secret conversations of the Soviet Union. With the Kremlin completely unaware, Navy divers emerge from a hidden compartment (referred to as the “Bat Cave”) and walk along the bottom of the sea in complete darkness, wiretapping the Soviet’s underwater communications line.

    1. PM is just getting around to reading “Blind Man’s Bluff”?

  22. Russia unveils its new Arctic military base housing nuclear-ready warplanes as it seeks to claim the region’s huge oil and gas reserves

    The triangular complex, painted in the red, white and blue of the Russia’s tricolor flag, has been built in remote Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago.

    “Why don’t we just wait here for a little while, see what happens?”

    1. Dude! That’s where the Space Nazis are going to land!

      /crypto-fascists

    1. “We just thought this was so funny and so Canadian,” she said. “A Canadian beaver leading around a bunch of Canadian cattle just makes it even more funny.”

      Where are the hockey sticks? Where is the maple syrup? So Canadian indeed. SMDH

    2. “Sore-y!” said the beaver, after being passively-aggressively shamed by Canadian ranchers.

  23. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order today designed to give force to his “Buy American and Hire American” agenda.

    New slogan:

    “If You Don’t Buy American, Fuck You!”

  24. The capability of the American middle class to make things and keep them running . . .

    Looks like the CEO of Snap-On doesn’t know what ‘middle-class’ means. Hint: Its not the middle-classes that work manufactory jobs.

  25. “Voters in Georgia head to the polls today for a special primary election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

    Other voters in Georgia looked at the slate of 18 candidates (5 D’s, 11 R’s, 2 I’s) and simply couldn’t find any of them that they hated least. But, ultimately might just use the vote as a good excuse to leave work early today.

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