A.M. Links: James Comey Testifies Today, Britain Holds General Election, North Korea Test Fires Cruise Missiles

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    Former FBI Director James Comey testifies today before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Britain is holding a general election today.
  • North Korea has test fired several surface-to-ship cruise missiles.
  • The death toll from the ISIS attacks in Iran has climbed to 16.
  • London police have made three new arrests in connection with the London Bridge attack.
  • "Montana congressman-elect Greg Gianforte, who was charged with a misdemeanor after allegedly slamming Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground for asking a question, has apologized to the reporter and announced a donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists."

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  1. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies today before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    TRUMP IS GOING DOWN.

    1. It’s funny, but the Obama loving leftards really believe this.

      I bet 90% of the civilian federal government employees will be wasting the taxpayer’s money watching this live instead of wasting the taxpayer’s money… doing whatever they normally do.

      1. This is sort of like watching porn to them, so it won’t be much different.

      2. The bars in DC (and, I imagine, other Blue cities) are opening early to have “watching parties” for the testimony. Jeebus, they must be expecting BIG things from Comey.

        1. Of course, NOW they want Comey to have character and stand up to a President.

          Me thinks they would not hold viewing parties when Comey is called to testify at Hillary’s criminal trial for mishandling classified information.

        2. And every DC Reason “libertarian” will quite likely be at one of those bars, riveted to every word, probably while trying to bum free drinks from other people the whole time.

          1. LOL they can do that pretty easily; I heard that one bar will be offering a free round to the house every time Trump live-tweets during the testimony. I’m betting the DC police are bracing for a bunch of public drunkenness by early afternoon.

          2. What better way to reload on TDS propaganda for Reason than hanging with delusional lefties?

          3. Your imagination is a special place, Simple Mikey.

          4. I guess we’re supposed to see afternoon drinking – and on others’ tab – as a bad thing.

          5. Quinoa shrimp cocktails?

      3. My morning news/DNC organ literally led with “The man who might take down Trump will speak later today…”

        1. MY morning organ cares nothing about politics.

          1. Morning Organ was my nickname at vacation Bible school.

        2. My morning news/DNC organ literally led with “The man who might take down Trump will speak later today…”

          NPR flatly stated that it’s going to come down to who’s more credible, Comey or Trump (not on Wait Wait… either) and the way they tell it, you’d think Comey was up for a Pulitzer for the memos he wrote. Comparisons to Nixon continue despite the now relatively known/admitted fact that Comey’s testimony confirms Trump not to have been involved with the Russians and/or under investigation.

          Personally, this makes Trump look worse than Bill Clinton. He’s going to have obstructed justice and be less guilty than getting a blow job.

    2. Hello.

    3. Hillary is pretty sure it’s a nothing sandwich.

    4. The law and order candidate!

    5. I bet there will be a lot of definitive talk about what Trump was thinking at this movie.

    6. I was listening to his testimony while driving into work this morning, and every meaningful question I wanted to know the answer to was basically deflected; to be answered in the closed session.

      This is as expected.

      The public hearing portion is pure, unadulterated propaganda and a vehicle for Comey to restore some of his lost credibility to the American public as quid-pro-quo for him directly assisting the Democrat party in their witch hunt. If they rebuild him, he can be a weapon once again.

  2. Britain is holding a general election today.

    MAY IS GOING DOWN.

    1. On Trump.

      1. Merkel down on Trump.

        You’re welcome for that image.

        1. Trump down on Merkel

          Ditto.

          1. It’s really a shame SugarFree’s not around anymore. He could probably work wonders with that.

    2. Aren’t British elections just tweaked by the Parliament the next day?

  3. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies today before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    Currently scoring an 85% on rotten tomatoes.

  4. North Korea has test fired several surface-to-ship cruise missiles.

    THOSE MISSILES ARE GOING DOWN.

    1. They’re a lot like your mom in that way.

  5. London police have made three new arrests in connection with the London Bridge attack.

    All of them leak-related.

  6. Britain is holding a general election today.

    They will be holding a specific election later this month.

  7. …and announced a donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    The donation? A knuckle sandwich.

    1. The donation: A fist bump?

      1. YOU DIDN’T HELP MY JOKE.

        1. I got a knuckle chuckle out your joke.

          1. Oh my god. “Knuckly chuckle” is the most disgusting euphemism yet.

            1. The Chuckle Knuckle is more marketable.

              1. (Oddly, they sell Ukuleles there)

  8. Montana congressman-elect Greg Gianforte … announced a donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists.”

    more like gianforte over a bunch of money, yanno?

  9. The death toll from the ISIS attacks in Iran has climbed to 16.

    Welcome to the party, pal.

  10. North Korea has test fired several surface-to-ship cruise missiles.

    Trump content to fire Ted Cruz after several degrading tests.

    1. If Valerie Jarret was still in charge, we would have sent the 11th mountain division and some of our best drones to Tehran to help protect them.

      1. Meant for above

  11. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies today before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
    Britain is holding a general election today.

    Emphases added. Coincidence?

    1. Britain still elects their generals?

  12. Not Wanting Your Boyfriend to Wear Lace Shorts Is Deemed Problematic

    lacy shorts for men are a thing now, and just like with the male romper, the Internet is split into three camps on the issue: The people who think it’s awesomely progressive, the people who don’t like it, and the people who think that the people who don’t like it are problematic for not liking it.

    We can’t even have nice things, men.

    1. Women hate us cause they ain’t us.

    2. Everything is a thing now.

    3. If you don’t love it you hate it and if you hate it you’re a bigot. That’s pretty much the go to argument for everything now.

    4. I remember reading a book by Adam Carrolla entitled “In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks”. His timeline might be a little too optimistic: looks like we’re damn near there.

      1. Depends where you look, I think.

        Outside of hipster doofus land and pretentious “woke” fashion, it seems like most people still dress in non-weird ways.

        1. Outside of hipster doofus land and pretentious “woke” fashion, it seems like most people still dress in non-weird ways.

          ^This^

          Pretty much every dude I interact with on a daily basis wears the same stuff I do: polo shirts or T-shirts, blue jeans or khakis, and sneakers. I don’t personally know any guy who wears skinny jeans, male rompers, lace shorts, or has his hair in a man bun. I’ve never seen any of this shit “in the wild.” I guess my friends and I just aren’t woke.

          1. I live in Northern VA so I do see some of this stuff. My hobby is live music photography so that does take me into contact with the sort of people who would do this. But Zeb’s point is well taken in that there are areas where masculinity is not yet regarded as “toxic”.

          2. I used to be part hipster and am still socially hipster-adjacent, and i only know one dude who sported a man bun (for a week in 2013 until his wife made him stop) and none who have tried any of that other garbage. At least, not in public.

            1. There is a lot of lingering goth in my mostly middle-aged circle so I’m not going to cast aspersions on people’s style choices… They are mostly good people though & not prone to the ridiculous you hear about from the younger hipster set.

              1. Rhywun’s friends are all “In the flat fieeeeeeeelds….

      2. Bring back The Man Show.

    5. borderline-homophobic

      Sorry, Mr Wang, if that is your real name, not as many homo guys are into looking like chicks as you seem to think.

    6. No one ever mentions my camp – the “Couldn’t be bothered for an ounce of fuck to give over what other people do that doesn’t affect me”

      1. ^ I am in this camp, too.

      1. Huh, i thought you were posting this.

  13. New Anacortes-built trawler could be grounded by old law, endangering two local firms

    The largest, most modern American-made trawler built in nearly three decades may be barred from fishing in U.S. waters, with financial repercussions to its local builder and buyer “so draconian that neither company may survive.”

    That’s the scenario painted by the law firm that Anacortes shipyard Dakota Creek Industries has hired to seek a rare waiver from a century-old law called the Jones Act, which they acknowledge wasn’t properly followed when the shipyard began building the state-of-the art, $75 million vessel America’s Finest.

    The shipyard’s mistake ? using too much foreign steel that was modified before coming into the U.S. ? could mean the advanced ship must be sold abroad at a big loss.

    BUILD LOCAL

    1. Sure, that makes sense. Lets sell a ship named ‘America’s Finest’ abroad because they used too much foreign steel. While that’s ironic, I think it would dial the irony up to 11 if they sell it to the Saudi.

  14. Canal Street’s Fidget Spinner Economy Is Fierce

    “I went out and bought four dozen, just to see what would happen,” Nguyen told the Voice on a hot weekday afternoon, as Canal Street thronged with traffic and the air faintly hummed of spinners. “They sold out in a day.”

    Now Nguyen’s stall is almost entirely consumed by fidget spinners. They run $6 apiece on the low end of things, and up to $20 for the fanciest of them.

    “What do these things do?” asks a customer.

    “They’re a physical distraction to help you focus and clear your mind,” Nguyen responds.

    Out on the street, in every stall and storefront: spinners. Spinners everywhere.

    1. “Man, is it me, or are people really fucking retarded lately?”

      “Think they’d pay $20 for garbage?”

      “Sounds like a plan.”

      1. Back in my day we only spent $4 for our idea of junk, the pet rock.

        1. I liked my invisible dog better.

      1. If you filled it out with “reasons the election was stolen from Hillary” e.g. the Russians, the Macedonians, misogyny, the KKK, etc., it would sell like hotcakes.

  15. Marvel movies are commercial bonanzas, but DC has a bigger and better idea

    Marvel and Disney have created a sort of perpetual motion machine, churning out intellectually spare but critically and commercially successful films based on beloved properties. But DC has done them one better,* creating a morally serious cinematic universe devoted to thinking about an interesting question: How would humanity react to the discovery that gods walk amongst us?

    But an interesting failure in its mold is almost always more memorable than bland competence such as “Ant-Man” or “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. II” ? even if bland competence seems to be what critics prefer.

    1. No one who has seen Sucker Punch would accuse Zack Snyder of being “morally serious”.

      But an interesting failure in its mold is almost always more memorable than bland competence such as “Ant-Man” or “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. II” ? even if bland competence seems to be what critics prefer.

      Does this author seem to think it’s some sort of piercing insight that people prefer competence to failure?

      1. No one who has seen Sucker Punch would accuse Zack Snyder of being “morally serious”.

        Thanks for the reminder of the 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back that was wasted watching that pile of steaming horse shit.

    2. But DC has done them one better,* creating a morally serious cinematic universe devoted to thinking about an interesting question: How would humanity react to the discovery that gods walk amongst us?

      If DC actually were doing this, I would love it. I want the super hero movie equivalent of The Godfather, that takes a frivolous genre and uses it to make serious art. The Dark Knight is probably the only recent superhero movie to come close to doing this.

      The problem DC isn’t actually doing this because they learned all the wrong lessons from The Dark Knight. Since then, they’ve created one movie after another that tries to LOOK serious, but grafted on top of a ridiculous story, and then they muck it up even more by having a bunch of executives with no film experience come in and screw up the editing.

      1. Superman was actually morally serious when you consider it’s undertones that Superman was literally the libertarian revolution from a stagnant socialist Utopia that ultimately self destructed.

        I’m not saying that it was some sort of brilliant film or anything, but it’s underlying theme’s were pretty strong. Why do you think young Clark Kent was clutching a copy of ‘The Republic’?

    3. “intellectually spare.” Is Sonny also a sapiosexual?

      Also, from what I’ve heard, Wonder Woman is only successful because it apes Marvel’s lighthearted tone (more competently than Suicide Squad did, anyway).

    4. Snyder’s movies are art. Marvel’s movies are entertainment.

  16. ‘Mummy’ Star Sofia Boutella Joins Michael B. Jordan in ‘Fahrenheit 451’

    Boutella is playing the female lead, while Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are also starring in the adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic.

    Bradbury’s 1953 novel is set in a futuristic America where books are outlawed and those that are discovered are burned by “firemen.” Jordan will play Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity. Shannon will portray Beatty, Montag’s captain and mentor.

    Timely.

    1. I know the original isn’t very woke but even so this seems like a waste of time.

      1. The book has become popular again, so a movie – if well done – isn’t such a bad idea.

    2. First, though, they will all need to read the book for the first time.

      1. Boutella will play Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.

        Yeah, I don’t exactly remember it happening like this.

        1. Will she have ninja swords for feet?

    3. What would a studly black man be doing married to a pasty white woman?

      1. She isn’t white you racist motherfucker.

      2. If you’re talking about Boutella, that’s just make-up. She’s in dead-white-face for The Mummy.

        1. In the book, Montag’s wife is described as pasty white. Clarisse is not Montag’s wife at any point.

    4. I’m sure a tone deaf re-make of 1984 isn’t too far behind. Re-imagined as a warning against creeping Fascism as opposed to Communism, because “Trump.”

  17. How many times has President Donald Trump played golf while in office?

    How many times has Trump played golf as President of the United States? Since taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Trump has reportedly been on the grounds of his golf courses 23 times since becoming President, and that’s as of June 4.

    Sweet!

    1. So now lefty’s will keep a golf chart now?

      1. Yes. But no Obama golf charts will be allowed.

      2. No, it’s more like a hypocrisy chart.

        1. The difference is that Trump can play golf and run the USA. Obama could not.

      3. Partisans are partisan. Shocking!

        They complained about Bush’s golfing trips, too. “Now watch this drive.”

    2. I hate that Trump is president and I demand he spend more time in the Oval Office being president!

  18. Nursery worker in East London beaten and stabbed by three Islamonazettes.

    Once this election is over, if the Brits have any sense at all they’ll all go out an arm themselves in preparation for war.

    1. You have to call it something besides invasion when you voluntarily bring your enemy into your country.

      1. “Suicide” is the word you’re looking for.

  19. Plus-size models like size 16 Ashley Graham are officially good for our mental health by boosting our self-esteem

    ‘We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the media shows more realistic body types than the traditional thin model,’ said Russell Clayton, lead author of the study.

    I knew there was a reason I was feeling better.

    1. She boosts my self-ejacul…esteem. My self-esteem.

      1. Call it “Therapeutical Masturbation.” It sounds credible.

        1. It’s actually good for you – i’m not going to search for the study on my work computer, but an orgasm a day keeps your prostate healthy. Good luck trying to file that with your insurance company, though.

  20. Paranoia Fuel:

    Have you been swimming any time in the last month? You could be drowning as we speak and not even know it!

    4-Year-Old Boy Dies of ‘Dry Drowning’ Almost a Week After Swimming Trip ? Here’s How to Spot the Symptoms

  21. Andrew Malcolm on Clinton’s ‘Not My Fault’ tour:

    “She actually lost because of a quarter-century of political baggage and scandals. But she doesn’t say that because it’s the truth. She lost because even after all this ambition-fueled plotting, no one on her staff would hand her a rationale for why she should be president. But she doesn’t say that because, shouldn’t the candidate herself have an inkling about that?”
    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opi…..rylink=cpy

    I don’t think he likes Ms. Clinton.

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