Trump Meeting With India PM, Anthony Kennedy Retirement Buzz, 150 Die in Pakistan After Oil Tanker Crash: A.M. Links

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    Reports that Trump is thinking of pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian talks over a rift between Mahmoud Abbas and Jared Kushner are "nonsense," according to an unnamed U.S. official.

  • President Trump meets with the prime minister of India today.
  • Rumors abound about the potential retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
  • More than 150 people died after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames in Pakistan.
  • A number of Ohio government websites were hacked and defaced with anti-Trump and pro-ISIS messages.
  • Three Jewish participants were asked to leave the Dyke March parade in Chicago because their Jewish Pride flags made others feel "threatened."
  • The hacker group Anonymous claimed that NASA was "on the verge" of announcing the discovery of alien life.

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  1. A number of Ohio government websites were hacked and defaced with anti-Trump and pro-ISIS messages.

    As long as they didn’t change the governor’s negative review of Fargo.

    1. Hello.

      Gays asking Jews to leave.

      What’s this world coming to?

      At the end of the day, all these people are just plain, plump old Marxists.

  2. The hacker group Anonymous claimed that NASA was “on the verge” of announcing the discovery of alien life.

    Someone’s credibility is about to take a hit.

    1. I read the article, and it says NASA is on the verge of announcing we’re on the verge of discovering alien life.

      My reading-comprehension-fu…

    2. Devil’s advocate for a sec: There’s a world of difference between “discovering alien life” and “first contact with an alien civilization.” The latter is basically not gonna happen for a long time barring something completely unforeseen.

      NASA’s made a ton of progress finding potentially habitable planets lately, though, so I wouldn’t be all that surprised at the former happening. It’d probably just be, y’know, “signs of” bacterial/fungal/plant life, not little green men.

      1. martian bacteria would be pretty cool still.

        1. I could have sworn they already discovered something on one of the outer moons but maybe that’s “on the verge” too.

          1. I, for one, welcome our Titan overlords.

        2. Yes. Microbial life is probably quite common in the galaxy. Complex life, not so much.

          1. Why? The first step (non-life to simple life) is a much bigger leap than the second step (simple life to complex life).

            1. I used to think so, until evidence was brought forward of life on Earth much earlier than previously thought.

      2. I have a theory that Earth is a prison planet for our master species.

        Australia but for the Universe.

      3. Remember, it must be sentient to be “life”.

        1. Frankly, that rules out a number of our regular commenters.

    3. Oh my gosh the NASA thing is stupid. The dude is in Congress trying to get funding. He’s talking up NASA’s activities. He thinks that NASA is on the verge of making this discovery. That is a pitch to continue work and funding of these missions.

      It is nothing like saying, “we have found life outside of Earth and are going to announce it”.

      1. John Keel pointed out this pattern of long standing to me.

  3. are “nonsense,” according to an unnamed U.S. official.

    I thought unnamed US official was anti-trump

  4. President Trump meets with the prime minister of India today.

    Biden can give him some dialect coaching.

  5. Rumors abound about the potential retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Not enough has happened these first 5 months.

    1. John “Penaltax” Roberts?

      1. Penaltax was his nickname in college.

    2. Kennedy being replaced by a good justice like Gorsuch will cause lefties to riot.

      Ginsburg being replaced by a good justice like Gorsuch will cause lefties to start off-ing themselves.

      2017 is going to be a great year for lefty meltdowns.

  6. Rumors abound about the potential retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Who would take up the mantle of the swinger on the court?

    1. Obama. He’s a constitutional scholar.

      1. Obamaramadingdong is not ANY kind of scholar. In fact, as a rule, no Progressive is any kind of Scholar. Scholars inquire. Inquiry might bring a Progressive into contact with inconvenient facts.

        1. I see you’re a fan of Gore too 🙂

        2. Like him or not, Obama is a world-class scholar of progressive community organizing. He’s a genius at it, just like Trump is a genius at self-promotion. Otherwise, he’d never have been elected as the first black president.

    2. Bill Clinton needs a new gig.

  7. A number of Ohio government websites were hacked and defaced with anti-Trump and pro-ISIS messages.

    Can’t we all just unite in service of the common goal to get Ohio to change its name to Ohiho?

      1. Baby

  8. Reports that Trump is thinking of pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian talks over a rift between Mahmoud Abbas and Jared Kushner are “nonsense,” according to an unnamed U.S. official.

    Trump doesn’t think. Come on, journalists.

    1. I think the US should have pulled out of anything to do with Israeli-Palestinian 50 years ago.

      Trump has a far more important job. Making America Great Again!

      1. And how’s that project coming along?

        1. It would be farther along if Trump did not waste time on Israel and Palestine.

          How many man years have US presidents wasted on Israel and Palestine? Both sides want the same thing and they don’t want anything less

          1. Yep, Trump was single-handedly going to restore American greatness. All by himself. It’s too bad he got tripped up by this one particular inexplicably traditional bit of foreign policy.

    2. Very few people of either party think where the Israel-Palestinian situation is concerned. Thought would bring us to the position of telling the Palestinians “Fucking pipe down and behave or we will help the Isrealis wipe you from the face of the earth”.

      1. I doubt the Israelis would need U.S. help.

  9. President Trump meets with the prime minister of India today.

    Mr. President, I know its said that you like TV, but do *not* bring up the show Outsourced.

    1. And definitely do not bring up Twin Peaks. Are we not gonna talk about last night’s episode? I am still recovering from my seizure.

      1. NO SPOILERS

        1. Let’s just say Crusty makes an appearance or two.

  10. Rumors abound about the potential retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Maybe its just an urban legen but can anyone confirm that when he was sworn in that he annouced “i’m all JAK’d up!” ?

  11. Three Jewish participants were asked to leave the Dyke March parade in Chicago because their Jewish Pride flags made others feel “threatened.”

    1. TAKE TWO

      Three Jewish participants were asked to leave the Dyke March parade in Chicago because their Jewish Pride flags made others feel “threatened.”

      Well, their wallets.

      1. Maybe Tony will come by to explain how this promotes “tolerance”.

        1. The spokesperson for the pride parade said people were triggered by the “Israeli flag”.

          In my world, using “triggered” in that form automatically invalidates everything you had to say.

    2. To be fair, Jewish folks have some stories real about being mistreated in the last 4000 years. gay people don’t always take kindly to other groups stealing their show.

  12. a rift between Mahmoud Abbas and Jared Kushner

    Those fucking guys.

    1. But you have to admit they were good in that movie about getting weed and going to Whitecastle.

      1. May be that is what the Middle East peace talks need: Neil Patrick Harris on ecstacy and cocaine.

        1. Couldn’t hurt

  13. The best bad/good review of Armageddon you will ever read:

    I mean, sure, the plot is basically corporatist propaganda that derides the non-military functions of government as a check on personal freedom and views book learning as the realm of sissies and sycophants. But it does that in an actually fun way.

    1. I told everyone that was the most libertarian movie ever, but no one believed me. Who’s laughing now?

      1. Bruce Willis driving golf balls at green peace.
        check.

        Bruce Willis willing to save the world in exchange for never paying taxes again.
        check.

        Guns in space.
        check.

        The govs grossly retarded plan to save the world is to send oil drillers to space.
        check.

        you might be onto something.

    2. LEAVE BEN AFFLECK ALONE

      1. That applies to everyone, but especially casting directors.

      2. When this movie was filmed, I worked at KSC. I watched the filming of the scene where Affleck kissed whats-her-name. The tears, they flowed.

        1. The tears, they flowed.

          I was taken aback that they’d let you do that at work, but then I remembered it’s a government job.

          1. Yeah, it was quite an event. They had pretty much taken over our facility (The Operations and Checkout building). NASA rolled out the red carpet for them.

            We processed Space Shuttle payloads there and had large trolley cranes that moved big things around. They had a full-scale wheeled vehicle that they wanted to show being processed for flight. We did a whole crane op with it and placed it into our test stands. It was fun.

            1. We processed Space Shuttle payloads

              We did a whole crane op

              OK, one euphemism was fun. Now you’re being obnoxious.

              (and I’m envious)

      1. It’s for faggots so who cares.

        1. My sister was a ‘tard and now she’s a pilot.

          1. What airline? Asking for a friend.

            1. You may think Crusty’s your friend, but he’s not.

            2. I don’t understand the question. There’s only Brawno Airlines? Just like all restaurants are Taco Bell. No one needs more than one choice.

              1. Hey, there’s Carls Junior as well, serving extra big-ass fries and tacos with barbeque. Their slogan: “Fuck you, I mean it.”

  14. “Our civilisation is on the verge of discovering evidence of alien life in the cosmos. Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are searching for alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history.”

    So is Anonymous misinterpreting what the guy said or are the media misinterpreting Anonymous? Granted, if you’re “on the verge” of discovering life on other planets you’re probably “on the verge” of announcing said discovery, but there’s not much wiggle room there in what the guy said.

    1. Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are searching for alien life

      This sentence seems to imply that it’s all wishful thinking.

      1. I’m also pretty sure we’ve been ‘on the verge’ of finding peace in the ME for the last 50 years or so, right?

      2. We’ve had a surge, putting us on the verge.

        1. I think I’m going to purge.

    2. Anonymous is completely stupid on this. The guys is in Congress trying to convince them to continue NASA’s search and provide funding.

      It’s just like a guy from the medical field saying that they are “on the verge” of curing all cancers in a pitch to get funding.

  15. The hacker group Anonymous claimed that NASA was “on the verge” of announcing the discovery of alien life.

    Sorry computer nerds, Art Bell beat you to that announcement by about 25 years.

    1. What is a verge, anyway?

      1. It’s the little strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street.

        1. “You kids stay off my appurtenance!”

  16. War and waste: cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost

    the U.S. spent as much as $28 million more than necessary over 10 years on uniforms for Afghan soldiers with a camouflage “forest” pattern that may be inappropriate for the largely desert battlefield. In a report released this past week, Sopko’s office said the Pentagon paid to license a propriety camouflage pattern even though it owns patterns it could have used for free. The choice, it said, was based on the seemingly offhand fashion preference of a single Afghan official.

    The Pentagon was being wasteful about uniform spending? Where have we seen that before?

    1. Hey, it’s great news the Pentagon is finally taking others’ preferences into account. Remember what happened when, at the boot camp haircut session, you said “Just take a little off the side, please.”

    2. C’mon man – half the *US* troops went into and are still going into deployments in the ME and Afghanistan in Forest camo. If its good enough for us its good enough for the Afghanis.

  17. Jon Hamm & Other Celebs Want You To Tell Your Senators To Save Planned Parenthood

    Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter partnered with NowThis to bring together celebs who support Planned Parenthood. Hamm, Jennifer Lawrence, Aidy Bryant, Brie Larson, Amy Poehler, Padma Lakshmi, Gloria Steinem, and others made a video telling everyone to call their senators and tell them to oppose any and all attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
    “This is nothing more than a blatantly political attempt to do whatever it takes to attack women’s health and rights and take healthcare away from the people who need it most,” they say in the video.

    1. Jon Hamm is pretty great.

      1. I prefer Kevin Baconn.

        1. In Canada, they’re actually the same thing.

          1. I thought in Canada they are crazy over Vladimir Poutine.

            1. First….narrow gaze.

              Second….I’M IN THE ROOM.

              1. Pardon, Rufus!

                In Canada, they’re actually the same thing.

                *Au Canada, ils sont en fait la m?me chose.*

    2. Why did they edit out the part where said celebrities pledged to tithe 90% of their income to Planned Parenthood if the “defunding” goes through?

  18. The word “women” literally never appears in the US Senate’s 142-page health-care bill

    The Senate bill was crafted behind closed doors, by 13 men and no women. A search of the language used in the 142-page draft document (pdf) shows that womanhood and motherhood are, quite literally, also omitted from most of the bill itself.

    Enjoy that one, kids.

    1. Isn’t that a good thing? That means there is no gender discrimination.

    2. So I went and searched, and won’t keep you in suspense any longer: the word “men” doesn’t appear either. Although (spoiler alert) “woman” and “motherhood” do appear. The lefties are certifiable.

      1. Shut up! Republicans are literally erasing female bodies.

        1. Well … there are those that could use some “erasing” …

      2. omitted from most of the bill itself.

        so, not omitted.

        /this comment omitted from most of the page

    3. Crusty once again plumbing the depths of the shitlib blogosphere so we don’t have to.

  19. How Just 14 People Make 500,000 Tons of Steel a Year in Austria

    Over the past 20 years, the number of worker-hours needed to make a ton of steel industrywide has fallen from 700 to 250, as new control processes and innovations such as casting steel closer to the shape of the finished product have improved productivity, according to the World Steel Association. From 2008 through 2015, Europe’s steel workforce shrank by almost 84,000 jobs?about 20 percent?to 320,000. Voestalpine’s Eder predicts employment in the sector could decline another 20 percent over the coming decade. “The industry will need less and less unskilled workers,” he says in his office at Voestalpine’s Linz headquarters, 110 miles north of Donawitz.

    Austrians need to work on their grammar.

    1. Maybe you need to take a closer look at what goes into the furnace at an Austrian steel mill. If you’re talking about percentage by volume, “less” would be the correct term.

    2. Well throw another shrimp on the barbie, mate!

  20. Some theaters say they will no longer invite Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss to openings

    Weiss, in her review, praised elements of “Pass Over,” which is a play by New York playwright Antoinette Nwandu that riffs on “Waiting for Godot” by swapping the usual protagonists for two young black men, who are alternately seduced and terrorized by two white characters, the second of whom is a police officer. The review took issue with Nwandu’s choice of villain. Weiss wrote: “No one can argue with the fact that this city ? has a problem with the use of deadly police force against African-Americans. But, for all the many and varied causes we know so well, much of the lion’s share of the violence is perpetrated within the community itself.”

    1. Whoa. Mind. Blown.

    2. That’s funny

    3. Jim Morrison – lol. Same pose.

      Bon Jovi looks like he just killed a pigeon and got caught.

      It’s interesting to observe the counter-culture group were generally dressed in suits or were well groomed….and then….rebellion…..and now most probably just lazily vote Democrat….like good bricks in the wall….

  21. Three Jewish participants were asked to leave the Dyke March parade in Chicago because their Jewish Pride flags made others feel “threatened.”

    Since there’s no link, I’m guessing it was Krayewski and some relatives who were personally booted from the parade for their ethno-nationalism.

    1. Krayewski’s more of a Papist name.

      1. Without a link, we’ll never know for sure.

  22. “President Trump meets with the prime minister of India today.”

    OMG!

    Does James Comey know about this?

    Will Robert Mueller be expanding his investigation?

    1. Excellent questions. After all, India has a long history of good relations with Russia. Are we supposed to hate them now too?

    2. You seem very invested in this administration.

      1. It keeps trying to do things I like.

        Fight to roll back Medicaid eligibility?

        Check.

        Deregulation?

        Check.

        Push for corporate tax reform?

        Check.

        Pull out of the Paris Accord?

        Check.

        Like a broken calendar, I’ve only agreed with the previous three presidents once a year.

        Judge the man by his tweets, and you might come to a different conclusion, but only an hysterical idiot or a journalist would do that.

        1. …. but you repeat yourself.

  23. Sex prevents heart disease ? but only in men

    It’s thought men getting sex often have better circulation and healthier blood vessels. This is crucial for preventing a build-up of homocysteine.

    But scientists say women benefit much less because sexual arousal is less dependent on having a healthy blood flow, which is a key factor in keeping homocysteine under control.

    Hella problematic.

    1. Hang on, i need to call my wife.

      1. We all do.

        1. Call our respective wives, not yours.

            1. This is why she blocked your number and got that restraining order.

              1. She has low standards and a soothing voice, which is an ideal combination.

    2. What if you have a large clitoris?

      1. Then you should post pics of it

  24. “A number of Ohio government websites were hacked and defaced with anti-Trump and pro-ISIS messages.”

    Progressives and ISIS: They’re both about using the coercive power of the state to force people to accept their rigid ideology, they’re both against freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and they both lash out at average Americans . . . for being average Americans.

    They’re a match made in hell.

    1. Yes.

    2. I don’t blame her. She’s in NYC, so unfortunately the press is not likely to report it (as they no doubt would if it were Obama’s minion.)

    3. When did that stop becoming the appropriate reaction to public serpents?

      1. At a restaurant? With her kid? That’s not appropriate.

      2. Whenever a Progtard holds office.

    4. At least she didn’t see the General Lee at a car show.

  25. Here we go… Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    Agreed to review right of private parties to deny services to same-sex couples, particularly in industries involving expression

    LA Times summary.

    1. What I don’t get is all the people like that one guy in the article’s comments section who think it’s a witty observation or sick burn to say that baking and decorating wedding cakes is a “gay” occupation.

  26. >>>because their Jewish Pride flags made others feel “threatened.”

    who knew lesbians were such pussies?

    1. Those parades are more about being Marxists these days than about being gay.

      1. ah. who knew Bolsheviks were such pussies?

      2. And anti-Israel/pro-Paletinians, apparently.

    2. What you did there, I saw it.

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