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    At the Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony, President Trump told graduates no politician in history had been treated more unfairly or worse than him. House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz has invited James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump, to testify next week. Sen. John McCain says the crises in the White House are reaching "Watergate size and scale."

  • Trump is reportedly set to propose an "Arab NATO" when he visits Saudi Arabia later this week.
  • The family of Seth Rich wants a retraction from Fox News, which reported that the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer had been in contact with Wikileaks.
  • Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, in whose jails at least 4 people, including a newborn, have died since April, says he was offered and will accept a position at the Department of Homeland Security working with local law enforcement.
  • Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is the latest to liken his opponents to Nazis, comparing harrassment of government officials to the treatment of Jews by Adolf Hitler and promising to "defeat these 21st-century Nazis."
  • Three soldiers were killed in a car bombing in Mogadishu.

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  1. Nice picture, Ed. I feel all cultured and shit.

  2. The family of Seth Rich wants a retraction from Fox News, which reported that the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer had been in contact with Wikileaks.

    “Hildog got to ’em!” – Simple Mikey

    1. Perfect timing.

    2. Beautifully done, Citizen X. Same time stamp and everything.

  3. The family of Seth Rich wants a retraction from Fox News, which reported that the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer had been in contact with Wikileaks.

    Why the heck would they retract a true story corroborated by multiple sources, you registered democrat you?

    1. LOL! Cuz the source they attributed it to, Rod Wheeler, says he doesn’t know what they’re referring to?

      1. LIsten Ed, it’s your links and you call the shots (I think that’s in the bylaws somewhere), but encouraging Mikey with attention just means we all have to suffer the consequences.

      2. They have another source, dumbass. You seriously think they would report that story based on just one guy? I guess you don’t even know how your own industry works.

        1. This is the story in question, right? The only sources mentioned are 1) Wheeler and 2) Wheeler’s sources who they didn’t even allegedly talk to. Without Wheeler, the entire story falls apart. Would you be arguing this if it was an NBC article about Trump?

          http://www.fox5dc.com/news/loc…..2337-story

        2. “You seriously think they would report that story based on just one guy? I guess you don’t even know how your own industry works.”

          Have you even read the news lately?

    2. Ed is a registered Democrat because he contradicts something that Simple Mikey wants desperately to be true.

      1. No you stupid fucking moron, he’s a registered democrat because he votes in closed Pennsylvania democratic party primaries. Try and keep up with the threads.

        1. In one-party Philadelphia, you transparently dishonest hack. You know because I write about it regularly, but turn around like you have some secret knowledge lol

        2. Democratic primaries are the only election that has any significance in Philadelphia, so I don’t think it’s unthinkable that someone would thus register as a Democrat even if they don’t agree with much of the platform.

          1. Didn’t see Ed’s reply when I posted.

        3. If he is actually a registered Democrat, how is calling him a registered Democrat an insult? That’s not how insults work, and i don’t think you thought that through. Then again, thinking isn’t your strong suit, judging by your entire history of commentary here.

          Poor Simple Mikey. Poor simple, stupid Mikey.

          1. Or what Ed said. The last line stands, however.

        4. Don’t listen to them Mike. My source tells be Podesta molested Seth in that Pizza parlour too, before they had him clipped. Scalia witnessed it. And Joe Paterno was framed.

  4. The Big-Money PR War Over Seth Rich’s Death

    “There is one overwhelming fact in this entire thing every few months: There are people who continuously use Seth Rich and his murder to further their political goals,” said Bauman. “It’s my hope those people get what’s coming to them.”

    1. They get to be on the same team as Simple Mikey, which is punishment enough for any crime.

    2. I find the Seth Rich conspiracy theory more plausible than anything that’s come out of Louise Mensch’s mouth about Russia. Also, apparently there is one out there that Russia killed Seth Rich…

      1. The relative investigations are hilarious. Half a dozen (+1) reasons why Seth Rich should not have been murdered, but here we are. Exceedingly few/small reason to believe that Trump is secretly effecting some manner of Russian agenda but, again, here we are.

      2. Moon landing and 9/11 truthers sound more plausible than what Mensch tweets out.

  5. Sen. John McCain says the crises in the White House are reaching “Watergate size and scale.”

    Okay, but McCain is hella senile.

    1. Look, McCain might be senile but he still remembers that Russia bad and we need to fight Russia. All else is secondary.

      I’m very glad he never became President. So, so glad.

    2. Hella Senile was the nickname of my favorite stripper at the joint near the nursing home near where I used to live.

  6. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is the latest to liken his opponents to Nazis

    He’s using Internet rules. In an Internet argument, th first person to call the other a Nazi/fascist/leftist/proggy/etc wins.

    1. That’s something Hitler would say, you Hitler you.

      1. Comparing his opponents to Nazis? This guy is like literally FDR.

    2. I was about to hitler when I hitlered that hitler hiltered hitlerly at the hitler hour during hitler.

      1. You just accidentally the whole hitler.

      2. Did you marklar your marklar?

  7. McCain Says White House Crisis ‘Watergite Size and Scale,’…

    Watergite scale?

  8. ‘I tried to dance on a stripper pole… and I had a BLAST’: Defiant Jennifer Lawrence responds after racy footage emerges of her on wild night out at X-rated club

    Taking to Facebook just hours after the footage was published, Lawrence had a perfectly sassy response.

    ‘Look, Nobody wants to be reminded that they tried to dance on a stripper pole by the internet.

    She should apologize for getting white-girl-wasted. Not alright.

    1. I, for one, do not enjoy looking at beautiful young blond women pole dancing.

      Nyet.

      1. [Throws Aloysious a beer]

    2. Where is the actual video?

    3. Her life is way too sweet for her to be turning into a Woo Girl.

  9. How to Read the Newspaper

    What is happening right now is not salubrious skepticism but a kind of mass hysteria, millions of heads plunging with struthioniform insistence into the same sand, as though insisting that reality is something other than what it is, or merely averting our gaze, would somehow alter the truth. Something has changed radically with remarkable speed. Not long ago, when I would inform someone that they had passed along an Internet hoax or erroneous claim (writers on public affairs spend a fair amount of their correspondence thus engaged) the response would be a sheepish “oops.” About once a week, someone will inform me that Hillary Rodham Clinton was disbarred for misconduct (she wasn’t) or that Barack Obama’s mother-in-law is receiving a six-figure federal pension for having babysat his children (she isn’t) or some other such nonsense, and then cry “fake news!” when corrected. The irony is that they have fallen for fake news, and retreat into “fake news!” when their gullibility is shown.

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    1. salubrious skepticism … with struthioniform insistence

      One day someone is going to slap those $10 words right out of his mouth.

      1. Some one is trying to out-George Will George Will.

    2. Of course you beat me to this. You’re more of a monster than Kevin Williamson.

    3. Even just reading his words, you can practically hear Williamson slurping the blood of the poor white people he consumes to sustain himself.

  10. By the way, the family of Seth Rich apparently isn’t even allowed to communicate directly to the media; everything they say is coming from a so-called “crisis consultant” named Brad Bauman who works for the democratic party and some outfit named the Pastorum Group.

    Which kind of raises the question, if their poor son was simply unlucky enough to be fragged by some rando street thug, why do they need a minder, oops I’m sorry, a “crisis consultant” and democratic party operative, a year after his death?

    1. I am confident you will get to the bottom of it one day, Simple Mikey.

    2. Double Dummy is one jungle gym short of a full playground.

    3. Just a guess – perhaps because his death has been politicized and they don’t want to personally have to talk to the media every time someone talks about it?

    4. If someone started talking shit about you, growing a larger and larger conspiracy about you, and you hire a flak to manage it and set the story straight, is that proof that the shit talking was true? I can’t believe this is anything other than you being deliberately dishonest and dense. 1/10, wouldn’t troll feed again

      1. If someone started talking shit about you, growing a larger and larger conspiracy about you, and you hire a flak to manage it and set the story straight, is that proof that the shit talking was true? I can’t believe this is anything other than you being deliberately dishonest and dense. 1/10, wouldn’t troll feed again

        Well, he’s been at it for years, so we’re reaching, like, Daniel Day Lewis levels of method acting here if that’s true.

      2. Sorry, Ed, but Simple Mikey is dishonest and dense completely by accident.

      3. I dunno. Shouldn’t they hire a agent to sell the movie rights?

      4. Dude, out of all of the pathetic democratic party hacks pretending to be a libertarian here at Reason, you’re one of the worst at it by far. Apparently you don’t even know how reporting works, as you seem to seriously believe that a major national news outlet would report a story like the Seth Rich e-mail story based on one source only, without independent confirmation from another separate source.

        Go stuff a cheese steak in your mouth, get some schooling in your line of work, and keep on voting for your beloved left liberal democrats bro.

        1. Dude, out of all of the pathetic democratic party hacks pretending to be a libertarian here at Reason, you’re one of the worst at it by far. Apparently you don’t even know how reporting works, as you seem to seriously believe that a major national news outlet would report a story like the Seth Rich e-mail story based on one source only, without independent confirmation from another separate source.

          *Downs large handful of Advil, rubs temples*

          Now…you do realize that you are saying this despite the fact that you yourself routinely accuse “major national news outlets” of making up stories/facts/sources out of whole cloth, right?

        2. So now anonymous sources from national news networks are definitely credible? Also, according to Wheeler, the allegations he made were all based on what he had been told by the Fox News reporter, who allegedly was basing that off of the anonymous federal investigator. So that leaves us with no corroboration, just the anonymous federal investigator who apparently is investigating a case the FBI says doesn’t exist.

          1. “…federal investigator who apparently is investigating a case the FBI says doesn’t exist.”

            You know who else investigated cases the FBI said did not exist, or at least could be readily explained away as weather phenomena/hallucinations/false reports?

        3. Like water off a duck’s back floweth reasoned explanation through the hollow twixt Simple Mikey’s ears.

        4. Wait, is DD here really defending the integrity and the scrupulous reporting of the mainstream media???

          1. To employ a Tonyism, DD doesn’t have a ‘black and white’ view of the media; by which I mean he does 180s so fast it’s a miracle he’s not constantly throwing up.

      5. I strongly support you taking time out of your busy schedule to call bullshit.

  11. Teens Don’t Know Enough About Love, Sex or Misogyny, Study Finds

    What teens and young adults don’t know about love and sex can put them at risk, and their lack of knowledge is feeding a pervasive culture of misogyny in which 87 percent of teenage girls have been harassed, abused or assaulted, they found.

    “Unfortunately, we also found that most adults appear to be doing very little to address these serious problems,” said Richard Weissbourd, who led the study team and who directs Harvard’s Making Caring Common project.

    I promise you this: I will do my part and mentor every teen woman about sexual reality.

    1. That takes care of the misogyny part, but what about love and sex?

  12. Another story those prog-cucks over at Reason refuse to cover: Duck Sex and the Patriarchy

    The males’ sexual attacks are made possible by the fact that, unlike most birds, ducks still have a penis. It is not, however, an organ that most humans would recognize, being shaped like a counterclockwise corkscrew and possessing a ribbed or spiky surface. Ducks’ erections are driven by lymphatic, not vascular, pressure, which means that their penises never become stiff. Rather, they erect flexibly, but explosively, into the female’s body in less than half a second. Ejaculation takes place immediately. And duck penises can be long?really long. A breeding male mallard in your typical city park has a five-inch penis. In the case of the diminutive Argentine lake duck, the penis is longer than the duck itself?more than sixteen inches.

    1. In the case of the diminutive Argentine lake duck, the penis is longer than the duck itself?more than sixteen inches.

      Huh, so ducks and i have something in common.

      Ejaculation takes place immediately.

      Huh, so ducks and Crusty have something in common.

      1. It’s not my fault my partners are always too sexy for me.

        1. Crusty has never had an encounter that didn’t end in an apology.

          1. Does masturbation count as an encounter?

            1. Yes.

              1. +1 close encounter of the third kind

        2. It’s not my fault my partners are always too sexy for me.

          Partners.

          So that is what you are calling your hands, now.

      2. You forgot about the part where their penises never become stiff.

    2. It is not, however, an organ that most humans would recognize, being shaped like a counterclockwise corkscrew and possessing a ribbed or spiky surface.

      The duck-penis is corkscrew shaped or the corkscrew is duck-penis shaped whatever.

    3. ucks’ erections are driven by lymphatic, not vascular, pressure, which means that their penises never become stiff. Rather, they erect flexibly, but explosively, into the female’s body in less than half a second. Ejaculation takes place immediately.

      In my house, this is called “sex”.

      And duck penises can be long?really long. A breeding male mallard in your typical city park has a five-inch penis.

      Ditto.

  13. Three soldiers were killed in a car bombing in Mogadishu.

    Fake news. Why would there be a car in a country with no roads?

    1. And why would there be soldiers in a country with no government?

    2. Must be one of them new flying cars.

  14. size and scale

    Nice band name. Or maybe wallpaper technique.

  15. This weird beauty trick will get you Instagram-worthy brows

    Microblading originated in Asia and is gaining traction in the US, where defined “Instagram” brows are trending.

    The procedure is done by hand with a disposable slanted blade made of about 12 needles. The cosmetic pigment is deposited 1 millimeter to 1.5 millimeters in the dermal layer, as opposed to traditional tattoos, which go deeper and can create the dreaded “Sharpie effect.”

    The downside to the shallow technique? The color fades after six to 24 months, making periodic ? and pricey ? touchups a requirement.

    Brow specialist Kim Kaeppel has been microblading for almost a year at the Art + Autonomy salon in Soho (bookings via browkraft@gmail.com). She charges $650 for two sessions.

    1. Well, Lena Dunham likes it, so….

    2. Maybe New York can slap a licensing fee on the practitioners of this service to cover the “health insurance for all bill” reported on earlier.

  16. Poor Jimmy Fallon. He’s just a comic; why should anyone call him on his ‘non-political’ political bullshit?

    “Jimmy Fallon Was on Top of the World. Then Came Trump.”
    […]
    “He is weathering the most tumultuous period in his tenure there ? a predicament for which he has himself to thank, and one that raises the question of whether the multitalented but apolitical Mr. Fallon can ride out the current era of politicized, choose-your-side entertainment, when he just wants to have a good time.”
    http://ca.pressfrom.com/news/e…..ame-trump/
    (or search NYT; you can’t link from there)
    Yeah, he just wants to have a good time lying about politics and getting away with it. Hope Colbert gets bitch-slapped also.

    1. multitalented

      I have yet to see a unitalent.

      1. Getting paid an astronomical amount of money to fake laugh has to be a talent.

        1. He only real-laughs in the middle of every goddamn SNL skit.

          1. This is the diagnosis for kuru.

            1. That explains why Horatio Sanz disappeared from the face of the earth.

    2. Fallon’s problem is the same as any of the current late-night talk show hosts–they desperately want to be liked by young people who barely watch these shows anyway.

      Leno went out of his way to not cater to Gen-X and Millennial virtue-signaling, and as a result he kicked Letterman’s ass in the ratings for 20 years after Dave’s temporary network switch bump.

  17. And CA is going to loose half its salmon if we don’t “fight” climate change:

    “Report: Nearly half of California salmon species on track for extinction”
    […]
    “Nearly half of the salmon and trout species that live in California will be extinct in 50 years if nothing is done to improve water quality, protect wetlands and stream habitat, and fight climate change, scientists warned Tuesday in a wide-ranging study of native fish.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/art…..150498.php

    Note there is no claim we must actually accomplish anything in the “fight”, we just have to “fight”.
    Now, click your heels together…

    1. Nothing to do with overfishing or dams, etc. Everything to do with coal plants and SUVs. It’s called science. Look it up.

      1. There is also sediment from impervious surfaces (roadz) which suffocates salmon eggs.

      2. Also, CA mismanaging the water it does have … lets not forget golf course in the desert > everything else

    2. losing half the species losing half it’s samon

      why not make more samon if it’s that precious to people? Kinda like farming, but with fish

      1. IIRC, salmon is hard to farm because they autocannibalize in close quarters.

        1. Plus the whole anadromous thing.

          1. Yeah, I blame the fish that reproduces by swimming upstream in an effective desert for it’s own extinction.

        2. All manner of wild creatures autocannibalize in too close of quarters. This is part and parcel to domestication. The greater issue with salmon is, when grown in close quarters, parasites. Because of humans, the Atlantic Salmon is sorta an invasive species in the Pacific. I say sorta as the native Atlantic Salmon is virtually extinct. Anything marketed as ‘Atlantic Salmon’ is practically synonymous with ‘farm raised’. Other breeds (Sockeye, Chinook, Pacific, etc.) are less desirable for various reasons.

          1. I meant as opposed to, say, tilapia, which eats algae, so you can just dump them all in a pool together and throw them food every so often. You do that with salmon they’ll start eating each other.

            1. I just knew/know that salmon and carp are the two most productively farmed (gross tonnage) fishes and that salmon generally lag behind carp because you can effectively raise carp in near freezing industrial waste while other fishes need something resembling warm water. If autocannibalization is a problem, it seemed to have been resolved just as with other livestock (e.g. pork).

              1. Salmon only tops the list because it includes salmon stocking programs where they are grown to smolt stage in a hatchery and then released into the wild to mature the rest of the way.

              2. you can effectively raise carp in near freezing industrial waste

                So that explains the English love affair with carp.

  18. Am I the only one that’s completely missing the reason everyone is flipping out and calling for impeachment?

    1. I mean, it’s like the Benghazi thing. Yes, there was something to it and it was bad, but damn did it get blown so out of proportion that it just became absurd. Is that what’s going on here?

    2. I actually wouldn’t mind if every president were impeached.

    3. Yeah, that’s my impression too. I wouldn’t miss Trump if he was gone, and I also think he’s an idiot for firing a guy who was investigating his campaign, but jeez.

  19. President Trump told graduates no politician in history had been treated more unfairly or worse than him.

    Let me get the world’s hyoogest violin and play “My Heart Bleeds for You”.

  20. Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, in whose jails at least 4 people, including a newborn, have died since April

    As in April 2017? As in 2 weeks ago? Damn.

  21. STEVE SMITH finds his Rocky Mountain High:

    According to the World News Daily Report, 57-year-old Darrel Whitaker was walking towards his hunting cabin last Sunday, May 7, when he was attacked by a “gorilla-like” creature. According to Whitaker, the creature dropped from a tree and then punched him in the face.

    The creature then began to tear at Whitaker’s clothing. When the creature went after the victim’s underwear, Whitaker lost his cool and stabbed the creature with his hunting knife. At that time, the creature fled the scene.

    “STEVE SMITH GO TO COLORADO FOR POT, STAY FOR CUDDLE-RAPE!”

    1. STEVE SMITH appears to be migrating westward. Very unnerving.

      1. Don’t worry, some Mormon rancher will probably end up popping him before he gets out of Utah.

        1. Can STEVE SMITH even be killed by mere bullets?

          1. Excellent point.

    2. According to Whitaker, the creature dropped from a tree and then punched him in the face.

      Invasive Aussie DropBear.

  22. The family of Seth Rich wants a retraction from Fox News

    Finally, some actual fake news from Trump’s propaganda outfit:

    This week, both Fox News and WTTG-TV published and aired reports, sourced to private investigator Rod Wheeler, that said evidence showed Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks before his death. Wheeler later told CNN he had no such evidence and that he had, in fact, only heard of some information attributed to him from a Fox News reporter with whom he spoke.

    OK, it’s not real fake news. It’s just standard Fox conspiracy-theory lying.

  23. At the Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony, President Trump told graduates no politician in history had been treated more unfairly or worse than him.

    I like that the president is carrying on his predecessor’s tradition of first person speeches.

  24. Just in case you wanted more drama this week, Erdogan’s bodyguards filmed beating protestors demonstrating in the park across the street from the Turkish embassy in DC:

    Erdogan Security Forces Charge Protesters in ‘Brutal Attack,’ Police Say

    1. It’s highly likely that Erdogan’s security forces were briefed on what behavior is acceptable by law enforcement in the US and concluded that everything was fair game except using fighters to drop bombs … the latter was just not practical given the distance the fighters would have to travel.

      Buy hey, Turkey is NATO, fights ISIS, and is a democracy so we are basically twins.

      1. what behavior is acceptable by law enforcement

        I’m actually surprised how passive the police look in that video. You’d think a bunch of armed goons running around kicking defenseless people on the ground would illicit a more assertive response than a game of Red Rover.

        1. I’m not surprised at all. If you worked for DC Metro would you be paid enough to mess with motivated and armed men that have full protection of the govt?

    2. Man, remember how incensed people were that time Obama bowed ceremonially to the King of Jordan or whoever? Wonder what those same people think about Trump smiling for the cameras with Erdogan while the latter’s goons beat up Americans in broad daylight.

      I wonder if Trump would bother to take any action at all on this outrage even if he wasn’t hamstrung by the 10 other crises he himself has created that he’s embroiled in right now.

    3. Turkish embassy’s response

      Basically they’re saying it’s the DC police’s fault; if they had beat up all the protesters themselves, the bodyguards wouldn’t have had to do it for them.

      1. Having traveled extensively to some really nasty places I think stuff like this is good. It reminds the American people that government is repressive by nature, and every citizen should have a healthy suspicion of their governments motives.

  25. Maduro’s comment fits the paradigm. Looters fit on a one-dimensional line running from Christian National Socialism in Germany to Stalinist Soviet Socialism, and that’s it. Anything that takes two binary variables or four cells in a plane to depict lie outside the box that is the Looter Universe of Discourse. A Youtube video named Lineland illustrates the loss of cognition perfectly.

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