A.M. Links: Trump Slams Sessions for Russia Recusal, McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer, O.J. Simpson Faces Parole Board

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    In an interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump said.

  • Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • "President Trump has decided to end the CIA's covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials."
  • O.J. Simpson will appear before a Nevada parole board today.
  • Jared Kushner is scheduled to appear before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday.
  • Ram Nath Kovind has been elected president of India.

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  1. …President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

    Unfortunately, now he can’t fire him. OR CAN HE?

    1. That depends. Will he fit in the cannon?

      1. “Will he fit in the cannon?”

        Seriously? Sessions? He’ll fit with room for another Sessions to spare.

        1. Hard drugs will do that to you.

      2. That depends. Will he fit in the cannon?

        Well, he certainly is Clowncar sized …

    2. Hello.

      HOW DEEP IS THIS SWAMP?

      1. It goes all the way down.

          1. Who knew Rule 34 went so deep …

          2. I am curious, but i’d also like to remain employed.

            1. Use your phone, like everyone else. Just make sure you are off wifi.

              1. WHY ARE YOU TELLING THE BOSSES ALL OUR SECRETS???

    3. The Donald only knows two words to apply to disloyal subordinates.

        1. “Failing” and “Unfair”.

  2. Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

    Hit’n’Run commenters blamed in 3, 2…

    1. To be fair, the comments here are pretty cancerous sometimes.

      1. It’s a legit worry. The Preet Incident was not that long ago, and some of the commenters whose identities he was after did nothing more than speculate on the final eternal destination of certain unlovable public figures. Nobody here has ever had anything nice to say about McCain, that’s for sure.

        1. To remedy this, I will say something nice about McCain:

          He’s not Clinton.

          1. An army friend of mine got The Medal a few years back, and Jake Tapper hosted a reunion for us the night before up in DC. McCain and his wife were there, and I ended up chatting with them for a while. They were both extremely gracious and kind. It was more than a little bit surreal when he asked where we served, and I told him Sadr City, and he gave me a “oh man, that’s terrible’ facial expression…and I’m just like “I mean, no one tortured me or broke my arms or anything.”

            The best part of the conversation is when he asked me what I did for a living, and I told him that I ran an LLC that covered MMA through radio, web and print…and things got awkward for a minute. If you’ve followed MMA for any length of time, you get why that’s funny.

            Anyway, long story short, he and his wife were both exceedingly kind and warm people that night. Doesn’t quite mitigate decades of foreign and domestic policy that resulted in millions upon millions of dead and suffering innocents, but at least I can say something nice about him before Jesus bombs his brain.

            1. Evidence suggests that one-on-one most politicians are kind, gracious people. It’s how they get to power in the first place.

            2. As a Gracie might say, pretty much what we expected.

              About the MMA thing: I remember years ago my sister being kind of surprised and amused why I wasn’t a fan of his at the time (over the *ahem* “human cockfighting” thing) and explaining that this kind of single issue voter is exactly the sort of thing that drives pollsters crazy.

          2. I like his haircut.

    2. McCain is so selfish to not have resigned his Senate seat when he was sick.

      Instead he acts crazy, refuses to just repeal ObamaCare, refuses to push for tax reform, and pushes for war with Iran and Russia.

      1. Instead he acts crazy, refuses to just repeal ObamaCare, refuses to push for tax reform, and pushes for war with Iran and Russia.

        In fairness, isn’t that just “acting like John McCain?”

        1. Yeah, I mean I honestly can’t tell a difference before and ‘after’ brain cancer was confirmed. I feel bad for the guy on a human level, but on the political level I can’t help but think ‘good riddance’.

        2. He seems to have really stepped up the insanity in the last year.

          He’s been a neo-con hawk for a long time now.

    3. I hope he has the decency to retire. What will happen is he will cling to office until his death, and many people will claim him a hero for doing so.

      I do not wish for his death, but I wish for Arizona to have a different Senator. I like Flake enough, so hopefully the next one we choose is pretty good too.

    4. My RL mother got crazier and crazier for 10 years, and then was diagnosed with brain cancer. I secretly expected this of McCain … and Maxine Waters. And possibly Pelosi, but I really just think the debt on her bartered soul has come due.

  3. President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad…

    Awww. Where’s ISIS going to get their weapons now?

    1. Retreating Iraqis.

    2. The French?

      1. The retreating French?

        Sorry, I guess that’s understood.

        1. The French never retreat. They surrender.

          1. Never retreat. Always surrender.

            1. +1 Thermian Salute

          2. Maxine Waters is just plain crazy-evil.
            Always has been, always will.

        2. Reminds me of the joke-

          For Sale: French Battle Rifle, never fired, only dropped once.

  4. Jared Kushner is scheduled to appear before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday.

    Anti-Semites.

  5. 911 call transcript offers glimpse into Justine Damond’s final moments before fatal shooting by Minneapolis police

    Justine Damond spent her last moments trying to help a stranger.

    At 11:27 p.m. Saturday, Damond called police to report a possible sexual assault, according to a 911 transcript obtained by the Star Tribune Wednesday, later published by the city of Minneapolis.

    “I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” Damond told the operator. After giving her address in the quiet Fulton neighborhood, Damond continued: “I think she just yelled out ‘help,’ but it’s difficult the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it.”

    “OK,” said the operator, “I’ve already got an officer on the way.”

    Stop fucking in public, people. Unless this was an assault, then, you know, stop doing that, too.

    1. Officer Matthew Harrity, who was driving, and Noor, in the front passenger seat, arrived at the scene. They drove south through the alley between Washburn and Xerxes avenues S., toward W. 51st Street, with the squad lights turned off. As they reached the street, “Harrity indicated that he was startled by a loud sound near the squad,” according to the preliminary BCA investigation.

      Damond approached the driver’s side window of the squad car “immediately afterward,” according to the statement. Noor shot from the passenger seat, across his partner and through the window, striking Damond in the abdomen. She died at the scene 20 minutes later.

      A State Police spokesman would not clarify what the noise Harrity heard may have been, but Harrity’s attorney hinted that the officers may have believed they were driving into an ambush.

      1. Meanwhile, the caller may not have believed she was walking into an ambush,

        1. That’s something i think we’re all going to have to assume when dealing with cops.

      2. Driving into an ambush? On Xerxes Ave in that neighborhood? Are they fucking nuts? I read somewhere else that kids were lighting fireworks in the neighborhood, and the officers thought it was gun fire. Mark my words, these homocidal murders will walk free.

        1. It will be interesting to see how they try to explain away shooting through the window.

          1. They FEARED FOR THEIR LIVES. That is all the circs that you need know the totality of, civilian.

            1. To be fair, everything from Australia either disembowels you instantly, or bites you and makes your heart explode in a minute.

      3. Here is the situation as I imagine it played out:

        Minority hire touted by the mayor, giving the hint of special status. Culture of officer safety above all else promoted by trainers, superiors and colleagues, as well as the notion of “us vs. them” war on the streets between police and everyone else. In the spotlight of an international incident involving the most sympathetic of victims, police department and mayor’s office hit square in the face with the changing perceptions of what is acceptable behavior with police violence. Usual playbook not working leaving everyone clueless what to do next. Somali-American shooter feeling suddenly isolated in complete opposition to stories of blue brotherhood, and begins drawing his race card.

        Here is what I imagine will happen:

        When no drugs are found in the victim’s system, police officers will plead that they were fearful of their lives and, after sufficient time for the interest to die down, no charges will be filed. Officers will be terminated for breaking body camera policy. Officers will appeal and be reinstated.

        It should noted that the investigation is off to a bad start, as the shooter has declined to be interviewed, which is apparently something some of us can do when we shoot someone to death.

        1. Yes, the investigators have been stymied by a lack of information.

          1. A mystery worthy of Sherlock, to be sure.

          2. I imagine Noor’s lawyer told him it doesn’t look good so keep your mouth shut tight. Which I’m sure is the appropriate legal advice. But if they haven’t even tried to interview/interrogate him, that’s a bit effed (and also not too surprising).

            1. More information, some of which you probably knew, some of which was new to me:

              When it comes to talking to authorities, defense attorneys and legal experts said police officers have the same Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination as everyone else.

              “Any lawyer that would recommend to him that he should give a statement to the BCA should be disbarred,” said Joe Friedberg, a Minneapolis defense attorney who’s not involved in the case. “Nobody should ever speak to law enforcement when they’re the subject of a criminal investigation.”

              The police department’s internal affairs unit can compel Noor to give a statement as part of its own investigation, and fire him if he refuses, but that statement cannot be used against him in any criminal investigation, Friedberg said.

              That last line…

              1. Also:

                Television station KSTP, citing a source it did not name, said the two officers thought they were being targeted for an ambush when they heard a pounding noise on the driver’s side. Noor had his gun on his lap.

                David Klinger, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, said it would make no sense for Noor to have his gun out because it wasn’t a “hot call,” such as a report of shots fired. And it’s also unusual, but not unheard of, for officers to turn their lights out to make a “dark and silent approach” if they’re trying to conceal themselves, said Jens David Ohlin, vice dean of the Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York.

              2. It probably wouldn’t solve anything, but I’ve often thought that perhaps when a local cop kills or injures someone under questionable circumstances the state police should do the investigation. Having their own department investigate seems like a conflict.
                There’s still the problem of police solidarity and “brotherhood” BS. But I’ve heard that state police often view local cops with some derision and contempt because they are often poorly trained and not too bright.

                1. Or, have federal agents conduct the investigations, instead of chasing prostitutes and cigarette smugglers.

                2. Not a bad idea, and it would give the State cops something to do that doesn’t involve truckers.

                3. There are two investigations going on: a criminal (or at least homicide) investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Affairs (a state agency and the one which has been providing most of the information) and the internal affairs / officer-involved shooting investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department (which hasn’t yet determined whether the body cameras should have been on).

      4. The Paranoid Craven Defense, I am sure that will serve the officer well.

      5. Died at the scene? 20 minutes later? When did the call for medical go out – after both assholes had cleaned their shorts?

        1. This is what jumped out at me as well.

        2. You mean the *witness* died at the scene 20 minutes later. I’m sure they’re real broken up about it.

      6. Have the police even ATTEMPTED to explain why Noor shot her?

        “See Something, Say Something” might be a tough sell when the cops shoot you for saying something.

        1. Have the police even ATTEMPTED to explain why Noor shot her?

          Go back and try to read the comment to which you’re replying. It’s a flagrantly bullshit explanation attempt, but it does exist.

          1. I did. And “They thought they were entering an ambush” would explain why his gun was out. Not why he shot the woman.

        2. Have the police even ATTEMPTED to explain why Noor shot her?

          “See Something, Shoot Something.”

          Iron Law of The Blue Line.

    2. This is WashPo’s actual headline about this story:

      “After Minneapolis officer in police shooting is named, Somali community braces for backlash”

      I fucking hate out media. Trump is fucking right sometimes.

      1. Like Hollywood, they’re writing for an international audience now.

        1. If he’s from Somalia, shouldn’t it be “Libertarian community braces for backlash” then?

          But seriously, some assholes are already pushing a narrative about him, because things like this never happen with good ol’ 100% American cops obviously, so they’re not completely wrong in this case.

          1. Yes, a country of 325,000,000 is going to have a few assholes. But this bullshit about “Somali community braces for backlash”… that is the kind of thing that happens more in Europe or Asia than here, and they know it. A few random assholes is not a “backlash”.

            1. Agreed about that much. If a yuge backlash of the the kind they always predict was going to happen, it would have happened by now.

              1. “Bracing for backlash” is media speak for hoping there will be something bad to come to increase viewership.

              2. I think it’s happened before, RE: L.A. in 1992.

                1. I think the equivalent to the LA riots would be Australians in America rioting in their own neighborhoods. Not quite a backlash against Somalians.

                  1. They are going to hide Dropbears in the trees outside the police stations.


                  2. I think the equivalent to the LA riots would be Australians in America rioting in their own neighborhoods. Not quite a backlash against Somalians.

                    Yeah, I was just kind of joking in the sense that the L.A. riots were real backlash. I don’t think we’ll see anything like that here though.

                    1. I’d be fine to see people riot and destroy a police station, though I know that would just garner sympathy for the police and wouldn’t be productive.

                    2. ***BUCS watching Assault on Precinct 13, the Original and the Remake.***

  6. Ram Nath Kovind has been elected president of India.

    Didn’t they just elect a president last year?

    1. India has a parliamentary system of government.

      Prime Minister is still Modi.

      President is mostly a ceremonial role.

  7. Why is India’s next president so unknown?

    Judging from the picture at the link, it’s because his giant head and tiny arms make him really uncomfortable to look at.

    1. Carny folk. Small hands, smell like cabbage.

  8. Jared Kushner is scheduled to appear before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday.

    He won’t get to have his Rafael Palmeiro moment.

  9. O.J. Simpson will appear before a Nevada parole board today.

    If the dangers subside, you must abide.

    1. If the Juice is agin’, you must uncage him.

      1. If the gloves are… fleece, you must release?

        1. If the gloves are made from hide, Judge might consider bribe.

          1. Let the Juice loose!

            1. If his caboose is raped loose, you must call a truce.

    2. If he killed a whitey, it’s alrighty.

    3. If he’s done the time, release that slime.

    4. If O.J.’s up for parole you gotta let him roll.

    5. Out of 33, 9?
      He’s done the time.

  10. Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cance

    I’m shorting Lockheed Martin stock at the opening bell this morning.

  11. O.J. Simpson will appear before a Nevada parole board today.

    Ezra Edelman has been camped out in front of his local Sam Goody to get good seats for a week.

  12. Urban Farming Gets New York City Council Attention

    Mr. Espinal said a comprehensive food plan could lift restrictions, clarify regulations, and coordinate city efforts to encourage agriculture. It would create jobs, improve access to fresh food and help fight climate change by reducing carbon footprints associated with food transport, he said. “It would be a win, win, win across the board for the entire city.”

    C’mon NYC, somehow manage to fuck this simple concept up.

    1. Don’t worry, they will.

    2. Or you could empty out NYC and live where the food is. There are a hell of a lot of farms in the rest of NYS.

      1. Or… I could continue to live in the city and let people truck in fresh food to me like they do now, because I don’t have a pathological aversion to trucks.

        I am not sure what problem they’re trying to solve here – especially since I don’t subscribe to the WSJ – but sure, even hipster herb gardeners deserve less regulation just because. The handwaving about “food access” and “climate change” are lefty dog-whistles to get the rest of the idiots on board.

        1. Now that WSJ ruined YouTube, they need more windmills to tilt.

        2. Allowing “urban farming” is definitely a good thing, if only because there is no good reason to restrict or regulate it. But it is ridiculous to think that a city like NY could be anything close to self-sustaining food-wise.

          1. Yeah, I’m really not sure what the point of this is. There is zero chance NYC could be at all ‘sustainable’ with it’s population density. The irony of that isn’t lost on me, but I wager it’s a mystery to most New Yorkers. The Irish side of my family never left, from what I understand, but I think they have ‘business interests’ there that I’d rather not know much about.

        3. I am not sure what problem they’re trying to solve here

          It’s really not complicated – they want clarity and less restrictive regulations on where and how they can have growing facilities. The one person, for example, grows artisninal herbs. They aren’t trying to feed the city, they’re trying to start a business.

          1. All well and good. The nonsense about “carbon footprints” and such threw me is all.

            1. Of course, but at the very least that shit is good marketing.

              1. I’m not so sure about that. ‘My herbs are grown in an ancient, disgusting mega-city’ doesn’t exactly make me want to buy their stuff. They’re welcome to make a go of it though.

                1. This is why you’re not in marketing. The proper phrasing is “locally sourced.”

          2. Oh, I’m in favor of all that. I’m just sure the city is going to find some dumbass way ruin it by making every pay through the nose for a special license or something.

            And I’m equally sure the WSJ will never address the “why was the city ever cracking down on people for this to begin with” question.

            1. They will regulate it to death immediately. It will be done under the guise of common sense guidelines. People will get fined, probably someone shot by police in the process of enforcing it.

              1. That’s what happened here in Norfolk when the city overhauled its backyard-chicken ban a few years ago (ironically, citing NYC’s laissez-faire attitude toward chicken ownership). The new regulations were so difficult to comply with that, a year after they went into effect, exactly 0 people had filled out the ridiculously convoluted application form.

                I take heart in noting that there are dozens of (presumably illegal) new coops in the city anyway.

        4. Of course, but thst was sarcasm becsuse I found the carbon footprint rationale preposterous.

    3. C’mon NYC, somehow manage to fuck this simple concept up

      lift restrictions, clarify regulations, and coordinate city efforts to encourage

      is Progtard for “Fuck-Up Beyond All Recognition”.

      In other words: Carry on as usual, Jackbooted Thugs.

      1. Carry on as usual, Jackbooted Thugs

        Isn’t that a song by Kansas?

        1. I think that’s the Allman Brothers version.

          1. It’s a remix by The Washington Pols

    4. Urban farming is for abandoned cesspit in Detroit and Cleveland. Wasting NYC real estate on agriculture the way housing prices are today?

      Well that’s just fucking brilliant.

  13. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump said.

    Has Trump conducted a lot of interviews in the past where prospective employees volunteer information that will make it harder to get the job?

    1. I assume most job applicants are about as honest about themselves as the employer is about the actual job.

  14. That’s terrible for McCain. Obviously not a fan of him as a senator, but GBM isn’t fun. I was diagnosed with it about two years ago and am still kicking (and working), but I am a lot younger than he is.

  15. Ram Nath Kovind has been elected president of India.

    Don’t you know that all analysis of foreign politics is supposed to be categorized as a frightening example of Trumpism sweeping other countries or a stirring rebellious response to Trumpism?

  16. Trump and Macron: From White Knuckles to ‘He Loves Holding My Hand’

    President Trump rarely says he needs his hand held for anything. Unless he’s around President Emmanuel Macron of France.

    “He’s a great guy ? smart, strong, loves holding my hand,” Mr. Trump joked about his French counterpart in an Oval Office interview with The New York Times on Wednesday.

    “People don’t realize, he loves holding my hand ? that’s good!” the president said of Mr. Macron, who invited Mr. Trump to attend Bastille Day festivities in Paris last week.

    Mr. Trump also said he had deeply enjoyed his travels abroad as president.

    “I have had the best reviews on foreign land,” he said.

    1. “He’s a great guy ? smart, strong, loves holding my hand,” Mr. Trump joked about his French counterpart in an Oval Office interview with The New York Times on Wednesday.

      The fanfiction writes itself.

    2. Sometimes I miss SugarFree.

  17. McCain has brain cancer? You mean there was actually a brain in there?
    Well, regardless. I hope he suffers agonizingly for many many months, and is denied all opioid pain relievers.

    1. This….

    2. maybe he’ll change his tune on cannabis if it helps with the chemo complications? he’s probably rather die though

  18. Is Rand Paul’s Health-Care Stance Really Based on Principle?

    . When touting your principles is a politically expedient way of avoiding accountability, it’s hard to tell whether principles or expedience is in the driver’s seat. But not impossible.

    1. Let’s wait till Ken Schulz gets here and ask him.

      1. I’m sure Ken will tell us all about how Rand Paul is a traitor to the Republican Party United States of America.

        I’m sure Ken believes Rand Paul is indeed a terrible person for not voting for this legislation that would have ultimately continued the trend of destroying the Insurance industry in preparation of single-payer health care.

        He does believe in incrementalism though, so this isn’t an irrational thought…from a certain point of view.

        1. this legislation that would have ultimately continued the trend of destroying the Insurance industry in preparation of single-payer health care.

          You don’t believe that nationalized healthcare is inevitable in the next 5 years?

          Single-Payer has become the default Democratic policy position.

          And frankly GOP voters (if not politicians) are nearly evenly divided on the issue (or perhaps they see it as a fait accompli)

          There won’t be any Free Market Direction in Healthcare in the United States for the next 30-40 years.

          Thus inevitably, overall our lives will be shorter.

    2. Principles? What kind of a racket is that?

    3. Yeah, and in that article they also make the misleading claim that the vote back in January was an actual ‘clean repeal’ when it wasn’t that at all. I’m not sure what point National Review is making, but I think it’s ‘get in line’ more than anything else. I’ll concede that Ken could end up being correct when it comes to Paul being removed from office over this, but we’ll see what Kentucky voters think about it soon enough.

  19. What is the average time for sex? It’s NOT as long as you think

    A study published in 2008, titled ‘Canadian and American Sex Therapists’ Perceptions of Normal and Abnormal Ejaculatory Latencies: How Long Intercourse Last?’, suggests an “adequate” time for sex to last is anywhere from three to seven minutes.

    For the more ambitious, seven to 13 minutes was considered a “desirable” length of time.

    A 2005 study specifically found that sex lasts 5.4 minutes on average, although the data does not consider foreplay, female orgasm or non-heterosexual pairings.

    1. although the data does not consider foreplay, female orgasm or non-heterosexual pairings

      Cishet patriarchal shitlords!

    2. There is a reason they call Crusty a three pump chump.

    3. My first time we went at it for about three hours. Did I use up my lifetime quota?

    4. Damn, usually takes way longer for me to achieve orgasm than that.

    5. A 2005 study specifically found that sex lasts 5.4 minutes on average, although the data does not consider foreplay, female orgasm or non-heterosexual pairings

      Well, for 2 out of 3, they probably shouldn’t consider them.

      The female orgasm is a myth…like the politician who wants to actually cut spending when elected.

      1. Mmm damikesc… Ladies, please take a number

      2. A sure sign you are not doing it right.

      3. The female orgasm is a myth.

        I feel great pity for those who believe this.

        1. And sarcasm is lost on the idiotic.

          Congrats, all, for self-identifying.

          1. Maybe try being better at sarcasm? Just a thought.

      4. The female orgasm is a myth.

        “Also, it’s gross how girls pee out of their butts.”

  20. It cannot possibly be repeated enough that real people may have their lives destroyed by Sessions’ idiotic policies, all because Trump cravenly wanted a partisan AG that would cover his ass for him, and managed to fuck up even that. It should be thrown in the faces of the people who continue to support him at every opportunity.

      1. What was that oh-so catchy nickname for Obama someone coined? President Not My Fault?

        I’m trying to remember if I can recall any time where Trump has claimed responsibility for a government screw-up or bad decision. It would not surprise me if he’s never given an apology to anyone in his entire life. Christ, what an asshole.

        1. I’m pretty sure there’s a plaque bolted to the wall of the Oval Office that reads “The Buck Doesn’t Even Slow Down Here.”

          1. If anything I think the buck speeds up there, like those rollers that squirt Matchbox cars around the track.

            1. It’s like they’re testing a hyperloop prototype in there.

            2. Hey, let’s not taint sweet matchbox cars and sweet matchbook car racetracks with all the bullshit going on in politics.

          2. I’m pretty sure there’s a plaque bolted to the wall of the Oval Office that reads “The Buck Doesn’t Even Slow Down Here.”

            Made me chuckle, gotta admit.

            Alternative: “What is this ‘Buck’ you’re talking about?”

        2. Obama was vain in a disgraceful way. Trump is vain in a cool, trollish way. LOL progs just can’t stand it!

          1. Those LOL progs have really ruined the game. Really, Yasuo was when everything went downhill.

          2. Trump’s “vanity” to dismantle government is just something lefties cannot tolerate.

            1. Fortunately for them, it doesn’t exist. Sure, he’s made some nice noises about cutting back regulations, but “dismantling government”?

              1. TDS

              2. Citizen X, don’t you know that ramping up federal law enforcement, the drug war, asset forfeiture, etc. is totally “dismantling government” as long as you make a feel good executive order about regulation that probably won’t have the impact it claims to?

                1. I would love to believe our President is the kind of radical libertarian some assholes feared he would be.

                  Having a grip on reality sucks.

            2. A big part of the “TDS” you love to crow about is the notion among lefties that Trump is doing anything remotely like “dismantling government”.

              I’m not saying he hasn’t done anything at all that lovers of small government can be happy about. But those things are few and far between and don’t demonstrate any consistent small government tendencies.

    1. Seriously. It’s very telling that of all the things Sessions has done or plans to do as AG, recusing himself from the Russia investigation is the thing Trump has spoke out against.

      That also has to be pretty awkward for him to have his boss tell him he wishes he hadn’t hired him. Not that I feel sorry for him.

      1. The silver lining is that if one ultimately hopes to see Trump and his cohorts removed from power, the President and the AG being enemies is vastly preferable to them being friends.

        If/when Trump tries to fire Sessions, then things will really get interesting.

      2. It’s the one that applies to him personally and made no sense.

        The other things that make no sense don’t apply to Trump personally.

  21. I, for one, am thrilled that McCain is gonna be dead soon. This evil cocksuckers was more than willing to send your children to die for what he believes in. May he rot in hell.

    Speaking of children. Does any of the staff at Reason have children?. That would certainly explan why they are not concerned with importing 3rd world detritus cuz it ain’t thier kids that are going to get raped.

    1. I seriously doubt it The Reason staff is mostly made up of the type that contemptuously calls people with children “breeders”.

      1. Didn’t KMW just have a kid? I know Nick has a few.

        Not that facts and reality have much to do with your opinions.

        1. Tucille has a son.

          Shackford has dozens of illegitimate children spread across the rust belt.

          1. Shackford has dozens of illegitimate children spread across the rust Rusty’s belt.

            Corrected for you.

          2. I think Shackford’s preferences preclude non-adoptive children.

          3. Shackford is a Quiverfull?

      2. I seriously doubt it The Reason staff is mostly made up of the type that contemptuously calls people with children “breeders”.

        I seriously doubt it The TReason staff is mostly made up of the hype that contemptuously falls people with children “speeders”.

    2. Who hurt you?

      1. Yes, show us on the doll where you were touched.

        1. The Kochopussy molested him with its noodly appendages. I have Polaroids.

          1. The Kochopussy molested him with its noodly appendages. I have Polaroids.

            Published pics or it didn’t happen.

            Linky?

      2. An imaginary immigrant rape gang, apparently.

        1. The worst kind of rape gang.

    3. You’re doing a heckuva job, Troy.

    4. I don’t HATE McCain for his war-mongering. I studied World War II closely and, honestly, early military intervention would’ve saved millions.

      His vendetta against the First Amendment, however, made me hate him.

      1. What does WWII have to do with anything? McCain was a child at the time.

        1. “What does WWII have to do with anything?”

          Apart from the sentence before, where he calls him a war monger? And then the part where he ties that to early military intervention saving lives?

          He’s saying that as an example of war mongering being valid behavior, lives would have been saved by agitating more strongly for early military intervention (war mongering).

          It’s not a very good point, but I have to wonder how you can be so stupid that you didn’t understand it.

          1. You should take your username as advice. There’s no reason to bring up WW2 in the context of McCain’s war-mongering, because McCain had nothing to do with that war whatsoever. The criticism of his war mongering is regarding recent conflicts like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, etc. where he has pushed for US involvement. Bringing up WWII in that context makes no sense.

        2. What does WWII have to do with anything? McCain was a child at the time.

          1. Fucking system here.

            Calidissident, I pointed out a simple reality that drives a lot of neocon thought that an early intervention with the Nazis (say, when they occupied the Rhineland) would’ve cost far fewer lives than allowing it to stand and fighting World War II ended up causing.

            Sorry if you find history scary. And sorry if you’re unaware that history began BEFORE Iraq.

            1. I never said I found it scary. I just think using WWII and Hitler to justify recent interventions is a terrible argument.

              1. Who is doing that?

                Recognizing the argument of people one disagrees with is a bit important to understand the mentality.

                I can also say that Communists think that the state will be more fair with resources than individuals. Doesn’t mean I’m a Communist.

                1. Recognizing the argument of people one disagrees with is a bit important to understand the mentality.

                  I don’t think it’s that he “doesn’t recognize the argument.” He’s saying it’s a dumb argument.

      2. WW2 is not the reason to hate him. Every other war he supported though…

        1. Ok, so being too stupid to understand it isn’t as uncommon as I thought

          1. We all understand the “if somebody stopped Hitler early there would be no WWII” argument just fine, since people having been using it to justify American military interventions into every goddamned corner of the Earth since…. well, since about WWII.

            We also understand why it’s still a shit argument. Much like $CURRENT_YEAR$, everybody is Hitler when you need a convenient enemy.

            1. We all understand the “if somebody stopped Hitler early there would be no WWII” argument just fine, since people having been using it to justify American military interventions into every goddamned corner of the Earth since…. well, since about WWII.

              We also understand why it’s still a shit argument. Much like $CURRENT_YEAR$, everybody is Hitler when you need a convenient enemy.

              Didn’t say I SUPPORTED McCain’s ideas. Just that I UNDERSTOOD them and he had some historical reference for holding them.

              1. Any war you care to name could have been prevented if someone with the right knowledge of the future had acted in just the right way at just the right moment.

                1. World War II is an abnormally cleat example. Things like Iraq — there were pretty obvious issues.

                  World War II — Hitler himself said they’d have had to retreat immediately if they faced any opposition. His generals were hoping that somebody would stop him so the few left who wanted to depose him could do so. It’s one of the precious few cases where a quick and easy military action early on could’ve saved millions.

                  It is one of the few cases where pre-emption was the best option. I have difficulty thinking of others.

  22. Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

    I guess that would explain the asinine, lunatic questions to Jim Comey back a little ways. It was pretty apparent that something was wrong.

    Step down old man.

      1. A lifelong habit of eating lead paint chips.

        1. “I told you, there’s no such thing as wall chocolate. That’s black mold. Mikey, go throw up.”

        2. Pretty sure Mikey drinks his lead paint straight from the can.

    1. I actually agree with you here. He should have stopped down years ago, just out of personal honor. He won’t though, he will be in it until the grave, and will be called a hero for doing so.

    2. I guess that would explain the asinine, lunatic questions to Fames Homey back a little ways. It was pretty transparent that something was wrong.

      Step down old man.

  23. O.J. Simpson will appear before a Nevada parole board today.

    He’s running out of time to find the real killer.

  24. Who even knew she owned a pair?

    Madonna got a court order to block the auction of a pair of her underwear, a hairbrush, and a love letter from Tupac.

    1. Unless these are stolen, I’m not sure how it’s her business. Can she even do this?

      1. Well, using the DNA angle to block the auction is interesting, but if she gave up the items (i.e., they are not stolen) it doesn’t seem like she has a case. She should have thought about the DNA on them before.

        1. I can’t imagine even Madonna giving away her used underwear to a friend. I bet the stuff is hot.

          1. Or at very least, it glows under a black light.

          2. It most certainly is hot, in the “biohazardous contaminant” sense.

        2. She should have thought about the DNA on them before.

          I am sure there are lotso donor’s DNA leavings on that pair …

          1. 3rd-party doctrine, those donors have no expectation of privacy.

    2. LOL so a friend rummaged through Madonna’s closets while she was away and made off with some loot to sell later. What a bitch. This is why I don’t truse anyone.

      1. Or “trust” even

          1. I cut my own hair.

  25. The scum in the JournoList are really going apeshit because Trump has apparently decided to stop supporting the Syrian “rebels” (meaning ISIS and Al Qaeda).

    Like their hero Obama, there’s no one in the world the scum in the JournoList loves more than the barbaric, savage, throat-cutting, suicide bombing Muslim terrorists of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

    1. The scum in the PornoFist are really going apeshit because Chump has apparently decided to stop supporting the Leerian “rebels” (meaning IRIS and Sal Fakea).

      Like their hero Block Insane Yomomma, there’s no one in the world the scum in the PornoFist loves more than the barbaric, savage, throat-cutting, suicide bombing Fuzzlim terrorists of IRIS and Sal Fakea.

      1. Oh, now I understand. Thanks, Pompey!

      1. My take on the video. The world needs more Korean girls.

        1. My bedroom needs more Korean girls …

          1. That is the idea!

  26. The People’s Republic of Boulder’s latest cash grab.

    “We want to educate people on the safety of traveling through crosswalks as well as the intersections,” Boulder Transportation Planner Matthew Jones said.

    Police will be specifically monitoring three city traffic ordinances:

    Pedestrians and cyclists must press the “walk” button before entering the crosswalk, or face a $50 fine.
    Cyclists must slow to 8mph while crossing, or face a $50 fine.
    Drivers must stop at crosswalks if pedestrians are present and allow them to cross, or face a $125 fine.

    Jones says it will be up to each officer’s discression to issue citations. They may let many people off with warnings.

    Uh-huh. Right. It’s about “educating people.” Sure it is. They “may” let people off with warnings… depending on how good their BJ skills are.

    1. “Pedestrians and cyclists must press the “walk” button before entering the crosswalk, or face a $50 fine.”

      You’ve got to be kidding me. Those “walk” buttons are either broken or just put there for show. They don’t do anything.

      1. Well, now thanks to government they do something. You push the button to not be fined. Who says government isn’t creative?

  27. First, the good news:

    “There’s enough unrecycled plastic to bury Manhattan under two miles of garbage”
    […]
    “The plastic industry has produced enough garbage in its 67-year existence to bury Manhattan under two miles of the nonbiodegradable trash, according to a study released Wednesday.
    Unlike other materials, plastic is unable to break down. As a result, three-quarters of all plastic is not recycled, but sent to landfills, Science Advances concluded.”
    http://www.washingtonexaminer……le/2629123

    We are supposed to care about this ’cause, uh, ‘nature’ or something, I guess.

    1. Man is an industrious creature.

    2. So in other words we have lots of largely inert recyclable waste which, if it came down to it, would all fit on an island.

      How do I sleep at night.

    3. That’s 0.0006% of the land area of the United States!!!1eleventy!!1!

    4. Unlike other materials, plastic is unable to break down. As a result, three-quarters of all plastic is not recycled

      Isn’t the durability of plastic the very reason it’s recyclable? That’s why my paper recycling bin has a lid and the plastics go in the one without a lid?

    5. Unlike other materials, plastic is unable to break down

      Says some moron who has never left a child’s toy out in the sun for a two years ever.

      1. Or tried to run a PVC drain pipe above ground.

  28. I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration.

    The Sky is Falling! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!111!!!111!!!111!!!1

    1. You know who else blew the whistle on the President?

      1. Monica Lewinsky?

        1. Your dyslexia is acting up, she blew the President on the whistle.

    2. This guy said this:
      “Removing a civil servant from his area of expertise and putting him in a job where he’s not needed and his experience is not relevant is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.”
      His position was not needed and he was needed in the accounting department.

      “Our country values the safety of our citizens, and federal employees who disclose threats to health and safety are protected from reprisal by the Whistleblower Protection Act and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. ”
      Except under Obama where whistle blowers were ruthlessly prosecuted when they exposed violations of the constitution.

      1. “Removing a civil servant from his area of expertise and putting him in a job where he’s not needed and his experience is not relevant is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.”
        His position was not needed and he was needed in the accounting department.

        More like why wasn’t his ungrateful ass laid off?

    3. The sky is falling… at 9.8 m per second^2.

  29. OJ has supplanted Trump and living legend Lou Reed as HnR’s obsession.

    1. If The Juice gets out, we must talk about.

  30. Trump’s embrace of Russia making top advisers wary

    The uneasy dynamic between the president and top aides has been exacerbated by the revelation this week of an extended dinner conversation between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the recent summit in Germany. The previously undisclosed conversation, which occurred a few hours after their official bilateral meeting, raised red flags with advisers already concerned by the president’s tendency to shun protocol and press ahead with outreach toward Russia, according to two U.S. officials and three top foreign officials.

    1. But some top aides, including National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, have been warning that Putin is not to be trusted. An intelligence officer-turned-politician, Putin is known for steering discussions in his own favor.

      The three foreign officials who have spoken with top Trump advisers described a disconnect, or “mixed signals,” between Trump and his team over Russia, highlighting a lack of a clear policy. U.S. officials echoed that sentiment, with one saying diplomats and intelligence officials were “dumbfounded” by the president’s approach, particularly given the evidence of Russia’s election meddling.

      McMaster expressed his disapproval of Trump’s course to foreign officials during the lead-up to his trip to Germany. The general specifically said he’d disagreed with Trump’s decision to hold an Oval Office meeting in May with top Russian diplomats and with the president’s general reluctance to speak out against Russian aggression in Europe, according to the three foreign officials.

      McMaster and other national security aides also advised the president against holding an official bilateral meeting with Putin.

      In a highly unusual move, McMaster did not attend the bilateral meeting with Putin. Only Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a translator made up the U.S. side.

      Is it good that no one is on the same page?

      1. “I can read you like a book! One with small words and lots of pictures.”

      2. Guess you’d rather we be at war with Russia. smh

      3. highlighting a lack of a clear policy

        You don’t say!

        Let’s see…
        lack of a clear policy on Russia
        lack of a clear policy on health care
        lack of a clear policy on immigration (he kept DACA and DAPA after all)
        lack of a clear policy on Iran (he just certified the ‘terrible’ Iran deal)

        I sense a pattern here

        1. I’m not sure if I particularly value a united front if they’re all just agreeing to launch a missile at someone.

    2. Like I said before, we know exactly what the meeting was about now. Our days of running weapons to ISIS and Al Qaeda through places like Benghazi are over now. We’re finally dramatically shifting our foreign policy after the utterly disastrous last two administrations, thank goodness.

      Sorry all you Muslim terrorist loving, America hating lefties. I’m afraid you’re going to have cut American throats yourself going forward.

      1. I heard Trump say the meeting talked a lot about Russian adoption.

        1. It was probably a dick-measuring contest.

      2. Like I said before, we know exactly what the meeting was about now. Our days of running weapons to IRIS and Sal Fakea through places like Bentghazi are over now. We’re finally dramatically shifting our foreign policy after the utterly disastrous last two administrations, thank goodness.

        Sorry all you Buttlim terrorist loving, Scarica hating lefties. I’m afraid you’re going to have cut Bearican throats yourself going forward.

        1. Are you Agile Cyborg, or someone with a similar disorder?

          1. Please don’t mention Agile Cyborg. His absence still hurts too much.

            1. I liked him too, but last post I remember from him was a bunch of ranting about the Kochopus that sounded like a prog clickbait hack having a conniption fit. So, I’m over it. Goodbye and good luck, AC.

  31. Trump on Sessions:

    Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he added. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair ? and that’s a mild word ? to the president.

    Does… does he think someone else is President?

    1. “People always ask me if I know Tyler Durden…”

  32. So if the NYT publishes an interview they did with Trump, then it is fake news right? Just trying to apply Trumpian standards appropriately.

    1. Well, to be fair, every single thing is fake news now. Me telling you I had a donut for breakfast is fake news. That doesn’t make it not true or relevant though.

      1. Me telling you I had a donut for breakfast is fake news.

        Well it’s from an unnamed source, so it’s obviously a liberal conspiracy.

      2. Me telling you I had a donut for breakfast is fake news.

        Well it’s from an unnamed source, so it’s obviously a liberal conspiracy.

        1. Plot twist: The source *was* the donut.

          1. And he wasn’t eating the donut; he was ‘punching’ it, if you know what I mean.

  33. I know it’s late in the morning, but this is very important: The next season of American Horror Story‘s theme is the 2016 presidential election, and Lena Dunham is joining the cast.

    1. This just in:
      Lena Dunham is an American Horror Story.

  34. Here’s hoping Sessions is short for this AG post with the way trump was talking about him, or at least maybe slows don’t the LAW AND ORDER train from hell for a little while. Who am I kidding though, the true believer will do his best to cause as much damage as possible in the shortest amount of time even if he doesn’t last.

  35. “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels”

    If nothing else this may be the best move by Trump ever, since its our arming of rebels that is causing most of the problems in the world in the first place.

    1. It’s the biggest story since the election, period. This asinine, disastrous “Arab Spring” foreign policy of dopey George W. Bush and Block Insane Yomomma is finally being abandoned!! It will take many, many years to undo the massive amount of damage these fools created, but eventually we’ll be better off for it.

      Reason’s fake libertarian neocons like Yekaterina Yung will scream bloody murder and stamp their feet, but they can all go suck eggs.

      1. Every once in a while, Simple Mikey outs with a turn of phrase that strongly implies he’s at least 90 years old.

        1. That’s none of your beeswax!

        2. Get off my damn lawn!

          1. Here’s a nickel, go catch a picture show.

  36. So sorry McCain is suffering with brain cancer. That seems like a particularly horrible way to suffer. Policy differences aside, the poor guy has suffered quite a lot in his life.

    1. Yeah, I’ve had family with various cancers. People who cheer when it’s somebody they don’t like make me cringe.

      One of the biggest things that puts me off today’s “progressives” is stuff like the Thatcher “death parties” and other scumbag behavior. (She once opined that the left didn’t care if the poor were better off as long as everybody was worse off. Good job proving her right, you ghoulish retards.) It really shows you what losers and psychos who have lost control over their own failed little lives wish upon the rest of us. It’s not something we should emulate.

      I also remember some “social justice” assholes doing it to a videogame critic with cancer over his decision not to jump on the “#GamerGate = ISIS” bandwagon, which made my decisions regarding that controversy easy as fuck.

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