A.M. Links: Senate Republicans to Release Obamacare Repeal Bill Today, Flint Airport Attack Investigated as Possible Terrorism

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    Senate Republicans are expected to release their Obamacare repeal bill today.

  • Sen. Rand Paul: "My main concern is I promised voters that I would repeal—vote to repeal Obamacare. And everything I hear sounds like Obamacare-lite."
  • The knife attack on a police officer yesterday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to release a long-term plan today for the closing of the Rikers Island jail.
  • "The British government has estimated that 600 high-rise buildings across England may be covered in cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, the 24-story apartment block that was gutted by a huge fire in west London last week."
  • Michael Brown's family has reached a settlement in the wrongful-death suit they filed against the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

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  1. Senate Republicans are expected to release their Obamacare repeal bill today.

    Release the crackup!

    1. Hello.

      What was the settlement with Brown?

      Why are they getting one?

      1. “The suit alleged Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights through “unlawful detention and the use of excessive and deadly force.” It also accused the city and former Ferguson police chief of failing to hire, train, supervise, retain, and conduct a fair and impartial investigation. The suit also alleged the police department “had a custom or policy of negligently hiring and retaining officers, failing to property train and/or supervise officers in the use of deadly force.””

        1. Nice message: attack a cop, get PAID!

          1. Attack a cop, your family gets paid.

  2. My main concern is I promised voters that I would repeal?vote to repeal Obamacare.

    DON’T USE YOUR CONSTITUENTS FOR COVER, SENATOR COWARD.

    1. No shit – what a whiny little bitch. Lead like a boss. This is a Republic. The people didn’t send you there to do the most popular thing, they sent you there to do the right thing. In this case, however, they are same thing.

    2. Is you is, or is you ain’t, my constituency?

  3. Michael Brown’s family has reached a settlement in the wrongful-death suit they filed against the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

    Everyone mutually agreed to just burn that bitch down.

  4. The British government has estimated that 600 high-rise buildings across England may be covered in cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower…

    Is it now officially safer to be in a Chinese built high-rise?

    1. Who says these weren’t built by Chinese infiltrators investors?

    2. Is it now officially safer to be in a Chinese built high-rise?

      Since when has England been the goto country for anything except comedy? I’m having trouble thinking of anything that I would *prefer* to say ‘Made In England’ over ‘Made in China’? Beer, maybe.

      1. I’m only slightly surprised their high rises don’t leak oil.

      2. Cheese, steel tools and (oddly enough) china. I bet I could think of a few others.

        1. steel tools

          What am I missing? I understand that I wouldn’t want my family’s life to depend on steel tools made in China but if my family’s life were in the balance the UK is, at best, slightly above China. It seems like otherwise, it’s just like their cars, you would be paying Italian or German car prices but not getting an Italian or German quality car.

          1. They still make some excellent stuff in Sheffield. I’m thinking mostly of hand tools and knives. I’m sure you can get stuff just as good from lots of places (including China). But as a general rule of thumb, “Made in England” is a much better indicator of quality than “made in China”.

      3. Since when has England been the goto country for anything except comedy?

        Well, they’ve got beatles, rolling stones, kinks, whos, yardbirds, cream, led zeppelins, small faces, etc.

      4. Naval vessels.

  5. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to release a long-term plan today for the closing of the Rikers Island jail.

    Everyone is being renditioned to black sites in Chicago.

  6. The knife attack on a police officer yesterday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.

    No, the guy was yelling about Admiral Ackbar.

    1. Its a trap!

  7. And that might be my first sweep.

    1. You must feel empty inside

      1. I’m filled with a new sense of purpose. We’re going to make Hit & Run great again.

        1. Will we get to wear neat hats?

        2. MHRGA!

          1. Do you need a glass of water?

            1. That appears to be drunk Alabama redneck dialect for: USA!

              1. Drunk Alabama redneck. Apparently, it redundancies all the way down.

        3. By bringing back Virginia Postrel?

          *** ducks ***

          1. No — Lucy!

            1. *garroted

          2. [sweeps the leg]

            1. No mercy!

  8. “Senate Republicans are expected to release their Obamacare repeal bill today.”

    Tighten up, Damon! There’s no way that a serious libertarian publication should be using the word “repeal” in this way (i.e. unironically).

  9. The case for restricting hate speech

    empirical data suggest that frequent verbal harassment can lead to various negative consequences. Racist hate speech has been linked to cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and requires complex coping strategies. Exposure to racial slurs also diminishes academic performance. Women subjected to sexualized speech may develop a phenomenon of “self-objectification,” which is associated with eating disorders.

    These negative physical and mental health outcomes ? which embody the historical roots of race and gender oppression ? mean that hate speech is not “just speech.” Hate speech is doing something. It results in tangible harms that are serious in and of themselves and that collectively amount to the harm of subordination. The harm of perpetuating discrimination. The harm of creating inequality.

    1. I suggest that the first thing to be banned as hate speech is this article.

    2. My God, sociology truly is a useless discipline

      1. HATE SPEECH!

    3. All speech “does something,” or else no one would do it.

  10. Chuck E. Cheese’s is one of the best bars in America

    In one of his best essays, George Orwell described his ideal pub as a place only “two minutes from a bus stop” where people go “for conversation as much as for the beer,” with a “florid ceiling stained dark yellow by tobacco-smoke” and “swings and a chute for the children.” Sounds like a dream, right?

    Alas, at the end of the piece the great man was forced to admit that no real-life public house met all of his exacting requirements. While the world is in many ways a much nastier place than it was when Orwell was writing for The Listener, I am happy to report that I have found his dream bar. It’s called Chuck E. Cheese’s.

    1. Huh. I had no idea Chuck E. Cheese’s served alcohol. I think that Chuck E. Cheese is trying to rebrand itself somewhat as place adults can hang out too, as evidenced by that overplayed commercial showing moms having some sort of “girls’ day” where an attractive male employee brings them pizza. Or at least adult women, anyway. I don’t know how they feel about middle-aged men who go there to drink alone.

      1. I don’t know how they feel about middle-aged men who go there to drink alone.

        They strongly frown upon it, or so I’ve heard.

      2. I don’t know how they feel about middle-aged men who go there to drink alone.

        I know they don’t really appear to have their ‘Chicago strategy’ in order;

        “Chuck E. Cheese’s in Oak Lawn has had documented history of violence going on,” said Worlee Glover, who runs the Concerned Citizens of Chatham. “There have been situations out there where the police have been called to break up fights. There has been a shooting, fistfights and brawls to the point that Oak Lawn was ready to shut them down.”

        1. Oh yeah, I remember hearing about that… so there’s another reason why Chuck E. Cheese probably does not endorse this opinion piece.

    2. At least he’s not taking his kids to brewerys or bars and have them bother me while they run the fuck around unsupervised. I already stay far clear of mouse.

      Another great thing about Cool Chuck’s is that it is almost totally free of upper-middle-class white liberals, the most dangerous and annoying class of persons in America. They would have no reason to go. By the time ordinary people’s children are ready to enjoy the lights and ball pit, theirs are already studying for the LSAT and brushing up on calculus at bespoke magnet preschools……
      The other parents at Chuck E. Cheese’s are normal, emotionally well-adjusted, spiritually and morally upright working people happy to have found this little low-cost slice of Eden. We have great conversations about things like God, sports, and the difficulties of raising a family in the country’s most expensive metropolitan area. Too bad Orwell missed out.

      Also I look forward to this guy’s future articles solving all the worlds problems based on conversations he had with the other patrons.

  11. No alt text for that pic? Unforgivable.

    1. “And once Obamacare is done with you, the diameter of your rectal sphincter will be about like this.”

  12. George Clooney just sold his tequila business for up to $1 billion

    Casamigos, which translates to “house of friends,” started as a private collection of tequilas meant just for Gerber and Clooney’s friends and family. However, in 2013, the team brought the label public when they had to get licensed to continue making the tequila.

    See, mandated incensing works!

    1. Damnit, I’ve enjoyed that tequila, not knowing it was owned by a liberal douche. I have a bottle of Avion in the freezer, will research their ownership before I finish it.

      1. 100% orphan made or throw that shit out

        1. *grabs monocle, starts reading label*

      2. I thought attaching a political litmus test to every product you buy was just a lefty idiot thing to do. Live and learn.

        1. Enjoy your Maddona CDs and your Sean Penn movie marathon this weekend.

          1. I don’t get it.

    2. “mandated incensing”

      Nice Freudian slip there. 🙂

    3. which translates to “house of friends,”

      More like housfriends.

    4. Who’s bona fide now dear?

  13. Liam Gallagher explains why he hates taking selfies with fans ahead of Glastonbury Festival slot

    Speaking to Irish radio station RTE 2FM, he said: “I prefer to sign something than to have my picture took. Having a picture took is just f***ing hard work.

    “I prefer to shake someone’s hand and give them a f***ing hug. The photographs are a pain in the arse, but that is just the way it is.”

    1. Having a picture took is just f***ing hard work.

      This is correct. Have a friend take a candid shot of you when you bother celebrity.

    1. I sometimes start thinking I can write funny stuff, then I read a truly funny piece like that one and I think, “Nope. Keep your day job.”

    2. It’s okay, none of the employees are really listening to their managers either.

      1. I’ve realized lately that I’m the only person, seemingly in the world, that my boss will take shit from. He’ll haggle and bargain and complain with anyone else, but with me he tiptoes around and is desperate to please. Which either means I’m far more alpha than I thought, or I am severely underpaid.

        1. Well, so apparently you are not completely insufferable.

  14. Obamacare-lite

    Sounds great, not filling

  15. 25 pct of organ donations come from opioid overdoses

    Amid the growing death toll of Canada’s ongoing opioid epidemic, there’s evidence of a correlating increase in the number of healthy human organs available for transplant. B.C. Transplant says one-quarter of the organs transplanted in the first six weeks of this year were donated by a patient who died of a fentanyl overdose.

    1. Talk about a contact high!

    2. Plus think of all the money saved on anesthesia!

    3. Addiction through addition.

    4. pct? Fucking Canadians.

  16. I guess it’s okay to send our boys to die in Afghanistan, but perish the thought that our “advisors” tell the Afghan brass which uniforms troops should wear in the desert.

    “Taxpayers spent $100 million on Afghan army uniforms that may have actually made them a better target for enemies because an Afghan minister “liked what he saw.”

    The Department of Defense has purchased 1.36 million uniforms at a cost of $94 million for the Afghan National Army since 2007 without assessing whether or not they were appropriate for the battlefield, according to a new Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction report.”

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/i…..r-targets/

  17. Day one of the Illinois special session ends with no progress towards a state budget, much less fiscal sanity.

    If they fail, we could be just days away from massive pressure being put on congress and the president to allow this little failed Banana Republic within our borders to file bankruptcy, which would of course be inevitably followed by a debt-financed bailout.

    It’s coming folks, and it’s coming faster than you realize. No bailout for the corrupt aldermen and the Obama mommas!

    1. Trump to Obama’s home town: Drop Dead!

  18. Good read on the religion of Whole Foods.

    Mackey, to a large degree, is a victim of his own success. He has, from the beginning, been willing to compromise his ideals to grow his company, but he has his limits. And now they’re being tested. Turning Whole Foods into more of a mainstream grocer would be a form of defeat in his eyes, and that’s what he sees as the outcome if the company were to be sold. But paradoxically, staying independent and not growing the company aggressively enough could lead to his ouster?another form of defeat. His options are narrow and not obvious. I ask him if he ever thinks, “Well, we changed food culture. Our work is done?we can go home, let the big guys take it from here.” “There’s part of me that thinks that,” he says. “But then I see that seventy-one percent of Americans are overweight and thirty-eight percent are obese, and we realize our work is not done.”

    That’s not a businessman, that’s a cult leader.

    1. It’s one of the big differences between founder-owned companies and investor-owned companies. Investors just want to make as much money as possible and don’t care about how. Founders generally want to accomplish some other goal, and while they certainly want to make money, that’s not their primary purpose in running the company..

  19. Done in by whip-its: Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

    Before the cream sits out too long, you must whip it
    Now whip it into shape
    Shape it up
    whip it, whip it good

    1. Aww, that’s really sad. But reports of broken teeth, broken ribs, someone losing an eye… you have to wonder why people kept using this stuff.

    2. Some dumbass on her Instagram account said she must have been huffing. Dunno about you but I didn’t realize huffing CO2 was a thing…

      1. Fortunately, we have an expert here. Ask Domestic Dissident, he’s huffed everything capable of being huffed and many things that are not, which explains the content of his posts.

      2. Dunno about you but I didn’t realize huffing CO2 was a thing…

        Oxygen deprivation is oxygen deprivation man. I feel compelled to point out that, at least with huffing it you aren’t found in your closet, naked, hanging from a noose.

      3. You use N2O, not CO2 in whipped cream dispensers. And huffing nitrous is definitely a thing.

      4. whipped cream is charged with with nitrous oxide

        1. Ah. I knew the stuff you get at the grocery store was N2O, but the Instagram picture showed what looked like a bog-standard CO2 cartridge. My bad — it’s also N2O.

          I wonder why N2O’s used. Anyone care to Google that for me?

          1. N2O is very fat soluble, so the cream will take a lot of it. CO2 is acidic in solution, so it would curdle the cream. N2O also acts as a preservative and prevents the cream from going rancid.

            1. Look at the big brain on Zeb.

  20. Does the president ever listen to his own rhetoric? Yesterday he told a crowd that the GOP Senate’s health bill could be made even better if some Dems agreed to vote for it. Isn’t that an admission that the bill has many flaws but we don’t care to correct them unless the Dems get on board? Why not bring out “the best” and get it over with and let the Dems look like asses for not supporting “the best?”

  21. The best days around here are the ones when Tulpa and Weigel have to do some actual “work”, or whatever. The ultimate case of addition by subtraction!

    1. What’s your latest conspiracy theory about which commenters collectively comprise Tulpaweigel?

      1. You just made the list, buddy.

      2. I heard Seth Rich was on his way to expose the identities of the Tulpaweigel when the DNC lizardman assassins got him.

      3. Get Obama’s dick out of your mouth, cuck.

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