House Passes Obamacare Replacement, Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order, Prince Phillip Retiring from Public Life: P.M. Links

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    The House's vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) possibly replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is really 90 percent of what any news discussion is about right now. Here's Peter Suderman describing the situation. The House has voted to repeal and replace. It heads now to the Senate. Here are the Republicans who voted no.

  • But will the Senate even vote on it?
  • President Donald Trump this morning signed an executive order on religious freedom that doesn't do a whole lot considering all the outrage it inspired. It vaguely calls for the IRS to maybe ease off on enforcing the Johnson Amendment, which stops churches and non-profits from endorsing candidates. And it requests "regulatory relief" for organizations with religious objections over being forced to fund birth control for its employees. It doesn't actually indicate any significant changes in policies or regulations, though.
  • Prince Phillip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will be retiring from public life. An emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace had led to rumors that he (or somebody else) had died, but that was not the case.
  • Pentagon officials said today they're still considering whether to recommend sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. They plan to send recommendations to Trump within a week.
  • A pack of bounty hunters in Tennessee descended on a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot and opened fire, killing one man and wounding another. It wasn't the car or the people they were actually supposed to be looking for and now they've been charged with murder.
  • Apparently today is Star Wars Day, but in the circles I run in, every other goddamn day is Star Wars Day. It gets on my nerves when I'm trying to watch livestreams online of people playing Magic: The Gathering.

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  1. The House’s vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) possibly replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is really 90 percent of what any news discussion is about right now.

    The other ten percent? Cock holsters.

    1. Hello.

    2. My nickname in college was… oh never mind.

      1. The House’s vote?

  2. …but in the circles I run in, every other goddamn day is Star Wars Day.

    And you can run those circles in a mere 12 parsecs.

    1. Parsecs are distance not time, Dumbass.

  3. Prince Phillip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will be retiring from public life. An emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace had led to rumors that he (or somebody else) had died, but that was not the case

    He did die, but then he got bored of that and came back to life.

    1. That’s my plan too.

    2. Question: when he dies do they bury Edinburg with him?

      1. One letter at a time.

  4. It wasn’t the car or the people they were actually supposed to be looking for and now they’ve been charged with murder.

    I really thought they had a wide legal latitude to kill people. Maybe they did, too.

    1. Unlike with police, it only applies when they kill the right people.

      1. They were shopping at the Walmarts. How much more right can you get?

        1. OK, the intended targets.

    2. “Clarksville police would not confirm or deny these details, but authorities have said they are troubled by how the bounty hunters put people at risk.”

      Whoa!!!! Calm down with all of that outrage. Just because they shot up a parking lot and then continued firing during a car chase and ramming the vehicle; ultimately leading to someone’s death?!?! Whoever it was that was the actual target had probably committed some unspeakably heinous act like using or selling drugs.

      You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. That’s no reason to go and be “troubled” by something.

    3. I’ll say one thing about Clarksville, TN. They have a KILLER Chinese Buffet that’s super cheap and awesome.

      1. Do they have a Cheddars? Had some sort of awesome bacon burger there passing thru.

        1. They have White Castle AND Krystal

  5. Pentagon officials said today they’re still considering whether to recommend sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

    Man, that place really must have some serious worth.

    1. The spice must flow.

      1. The spice being defense contracts.

        1. “If we don’t have a military support revenue stream we can rely on, we won’t be able to contribute to your campaign.”

    2. I’ll bet the main question is “How many?”

  6. trying to watch livestreams online of people playing Magic: The Gathering.

    You’ve gone too far…

    1. I would love to watch Shackford watch livestreams of Magic: The Gathering, and stream my watching with commentary.

      “Ooh, look at Shackford’s reaction to pimply kid wasting his strongest attack card on that fat girl’s summoned tentacled monster thingie. You can tell Shackford know a lot more about this than would be expected from the ‘casual dabbler’ that he claims to be.”

      1. I’d pay to watch Shackford casually dabble a fat chick with his tentacle monster.

  7. It doesn’t actually indicate any significant changes in policies or regulations, though.

    Doesn’t it do harm if it makes you feel threatened, though?

  8. A pack of bounty hunters in Tennessee, descended on a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot and opened fire,

    Gun toting bounty hunters at a Wal-Mart in Tennessee. Welcome to the South.

    1. Progtard spoutin’ off stupid progtard bullshit. Welcome to Sparky’s house.

  9. I didn’t see Amash on the list of Republicans who voted against more government healthcare. Did he vote today?

    1. He, inexplicably?, vote for.

    2. I would be really surprised if he didn’t.

      http://www.politico.com/story/…..ote-235928

    3. Another Reason-cover boy sells out. Looks like they’re stuck with that icky Christ-fag Massie if they want a true “libertarian-leaning” congressman

      1. Icky Christ Fag was SIV’s most promising gamecock. Unfortunately, right after the gypsy cursed him, SIV consumed too many cases of PBR, stumbled into the coop for some stress relief, and ended up breaking both of Icky Christ Fags’ legs.

  10. A pack of bounty hunters-

    Boba Fett ended up being so space lame.

    1. “Bobby-Joe Fett descended from the sky using his leafblower jetpack and captured his victim by spinning three hubcaps tied together with shoelaces and throwing them forward.”

  11. An emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace had led to rumors that he (or somebody else) had died, but that was not the case.

    It turns out some royal silverware had been pilfered by the help.

  12. Prince Phillip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will be retiring from public life.

    2017 is the worst. 🙁

  13. A pack of bounty hunters in Tennessee, descended on a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot and opened fire,

    Real bounty hunters only carry mace, brah.

    1. He has to wait at least 80 years before reentering public life or people are going to suspect something is up.

      1. Hey, put this comment where it belongs!

        1. “Do my bidding,” proclaims Sparky from high up in his ivory tower of elitism.

        2. Euphemism? You decode.

  14. And it requests “regulatory relief” for organizations with religious objections over being forced to fund birth control for its employees.

    SCARE QUOTES ALERT.

    1. It puts the lotion in the basket, or it gets the hose again.

  15. It wasn’t the car or the people they were actually supposed to be looking for and now they’ve been charged with murder.

    Sorry, you’re not a god brother in blue. You get the little people treatment.

  16. Apparently today is Star Wars Day, but in the circles I run in, every other goddamn day is Star Wars Day. It gets on my nerves when I’m trying to watch livestreams online of people playing Magic: The Gathering.

    And you idiots claim Scott isn’t a libertarian.

    1. He reacted better than the mother who shut down a high school because of Darth Vader “body armor.”
      Student in Star Wars costume prompts evacuation at high school
      http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/421329213.html

  17. It wasn’t the car or the people they were actually supposed to be looking for…

    Shackford waves his hand at them.

  18. It gets on my nerves when I’m trying to watch livestreams online of people playing Magic: The Gathering.

    A couple of months ago the wife and I took the girls to a competitive cheer event in Nashville. In the venue hotel, there was also a competitive Yu-Gi-Oh tournament. Talk about two groups of people who live in completely different worlds.

  19. John Was Right: Kevin Williamson is cancer.

    The woman whose check did not come is on disability. (There’s a lot of that here.) That is the check she was expecting, which did not come, for . . . some reason. But whatever her disability is, it does not appear to be the worst of her problems. She has a daughter and a man in her life (it is not clear whether he is her husband or the girl’s father or both or neither), and they are obliged to maintain two separate households, “because of the domestic . . . event . . . that happened,” she explains.

    The teacher in me cannot help but notice that when it comes time to explain the facts of the case, the people in this courtroom rarely appear as the subjects in their own sentences. A “domestic event” just “happened,” and now the man in her life cannot reside under the same roof as her daughter ? or Child Protective Services will take that daughter away. Which means that after her eviction (which is never seriously in doubt) she cannot rely on the person upon whom most people in her situation instinctively would rely.

    1. She is not the only person whose check didn’t come. The passivity and subjectlessness of these narratives is striking, and strikingly consistent. Domestic events happen. Checks come or don’t come. (Mostly they don’t.) Husbands are sent to jail, children are taken away by the clipboard-toting minions of Authority, disease descends. The money isn’t there. And, in the end, they are evicted. Bad things just happen, and, today, I am the bad thing that is just happening to one of these luckless and unhappy children of God. I am eviction, I am CPS, I am the check that didn’t come. I am diabetic amputation. I am cancer.

      […]

      “Why are you doing this to us?” the woman’s daughter demanded. Because I am the bad thing that is just happening to you today, the unforeseeable event that has been hanging over you by a single hair of a horse’s tail for a decade, the inevitable end of a terrible lamentation.

      1. Why does he hate white people so much?

        1. Because he is really mad at something and has to
          vent. But if he dumped any of that bile on Black people, he’d get canned from NR and even vdare wouldn’t have him.

        2. Pfff, he’s just social signaling to get into the cocktail parties.

  20. Media, now: “Republicans and Trump terminate Obamacare, millions of Americans suffer.”
    Media, in three months time: “Republicans and Trump really didn’t terminate Obamacare (because we didn’t read the f’ing bill), millions of Americans continue to suffer under Trump administration.”

  21. It was only a matter of time before the victim blaming started, as private personnel file details are released.

    1. Skinhead, huh?

  22. The Montgomery County grand jury charged all seven men with … attempted especially aggravated kidnapping …
    especially aggravated?

    1. Yeah, I thought that was strange choice of words too, but I guess it’s a real thing.

  23. Time to pressure the senate to pass this repeal bill using Reconciliation and make professional fake libertarian shitbag Pete MacAdoodle Suderweigel look like the pathetic loser that he is.

    Maybe he’ll even consider killing himself if we’re extra lucky!

  24. SIV: “Another Reason-cover boy sells out.”

    Dave “Mikey” Weigel: “Time to pressure the senate to pass this repeal bill”

    What’s a genu-ine libertarian to think???

    1. I figure it has to be a genuine repeal bill based on how hysterical all the scumbags in the JournoList are reacting.

      1. So this is one instance in which the liberal media is not overreacting to GOP legislation. Good to know.

        1. Feeling kinda feisty today, huh Turd?

          Whatsamatter, worried the free shit gravy train’s going to come to an end? Don’t — there’s too many parasites in the country now for that to happen.

          By the way — who’s the goddam Nazi anyway? Me with my NAP or you with your Nazi-esque socialized medicine boner?

  25. 30% of the GOP vote against the Healthcare “reform” came from the RINOs in the Philadelphia area. The TEA Party crested at something like 35% of the local GOP votes so these RINOs aren’t threatened from within the Party. But, since the Philly suburbs are now blue – having voted against Trump – their votes against this bill won’t save them in 2018, nor will they be able to count on 100% of the conservative vote, many of whom are pissed they bought the promises these guys were flinging around in 2016. It sure is tough trying to figure out which way the wind is blowing when you aren’t in a safe district.

  26. The House’s vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) possibly replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is really 90 percent of what any news discussion is about right now.

    Maybe in your beltway bubble. But out hear in the Real Merica 90 percent of all news discussion is about how high the creek will rise.

    1. I.e. R they still running the boise at floodstage?

  27. Is there any way to get a suggestion to Remy?

    Maybe he could do a song about pants shitting.

    You know, Remy is playing like six different progressives, and every time Trump does or says something, they all just shit their pants.

    At the end, Paul Ryan passes an ObamaCare overhaul bill–and they all shit their pants at the same time.

    At first blush, it may seem juvenile, but it’s also funny because it’s true.

    For goodness’ sake, it’s been six months since Trump was elected. When will the media finally stop shitting their pants?

  28. Check out the Free Shitter Twitter campaign.

    Never let a virtue signalling opportunity go to waste.

  29. “House Passes Obamacare Replacement”

    Lefty rag goes MAD:
    “Twitter erupts with criticism after GOP health care bill passes”
    “Greta Van Susteren destroys GOP’s Trumpcare ‘victory’ party”
    “California Republicans key to GOP’s House win on Obamacare”
    http://www.sfgate.com/
    Lefty couple at next table in restaurant discusses Rethugs who shoot people in pizza parlors.
    Hey, it’s SF.

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