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    Season 1 of White House: Apprentice ended with John Kelly replacing Reince Priebus as chief of staff. Elaine Duke will replace Kelly as acting Secretary of Homeland Security for now.

  • Ambassador Nikki Haley said there was "no point" in the United Nations discussing North Korea's latest missile test and indicated that the U.S. was dropping efforts to work with China on a new Security Council resolution.
  • NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill condemned President Trump's supportive comments on police brutality, insisting suggesting the use of anything other than "reasonable and necessary" force was "irresponsible."
  • The U.S. condemned Venezuela for holding a vote for the legislature marred by violence that the State Department said was a step toward authoritarian rule.
  • Russia has ordered the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff in the country by 745.
  • Saudi Arabia said a demand by Qatar to internationalize the holy sites in Mecca and Medina a "declaration of war."
  • Chris Christie scolded a heckling Cubs fan at a Milwaukee Brewers game.

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  1. Apprentice ended with John Kelly replacing Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

    There are no atheists in foxholes or Trump White Houses.

    1. But once there was a Reek Priebus.

  2. Chris Christie scolded a heckling Cubs fan at a Milwaukee Brewers game.

    The moment he became our next President.

  3. Russia has ordered the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff in the country by 745.

    Totally normal number to use that doesn’t mean something else.

    1. And “everybody else” is reporting 755. What’s up with that?

      1. It’s a trap!

    2. I read somewhere that it’s the number of diplomats Russia has here. Which makes the move seem less menacing.

    3. Obviously, this is just another fake conflict to create a circumstantial case to cast doubt on the whole “collusion” thing.
      Do you guys even 7th dimension chess?

      1. Well, obviously you don’t.

        It’s not possible

        In seven dimensions every move is checkmate.

        You need an even number of dimensions for chess to work. You can’t strategize in dimensions that lack fixed duration.

  4. Ambassador Nikki Haley said there was “no point” in the United Nations discussing North Korea’s latest missile test and indicated that the U.S. was dropping efforts to work with China on a new Security Council resolution.

    Does she not understand the point of the United Nations? (Or understand it too well.)

  5. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill condemned President Trump’s supportive comments on police brutality…

    Saying it brings too much attention to an indispensable law enforcement tool.

    1. When you’ve gone too far for the NYPD, well, this time you’ve gone too far!

      Although I admit, Fist, your explanation makes a great deal of sense.

      1. At this point the NYPD is a juggernaut which no one can steer. Commissioner is just a PR position.

      2. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill condemned President Trump’s supportive comments on police brutality, insisting suggesting the use of anything other than “reasonable and necessary” force was “irresponsible.”

        Banging a perp’s head on the door doesn’t guarantee a lesson learned as much as a choking out. It’s irresponsible to rough them up a little when it’s totally reasonable and necessary to kill them.

        1. Well, you don’t want to make them suffer.

          1. More to the point, you don’t want them to be able to testify as to their suffering.

  6. “”””Russia has ordered the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff in the country by 745.”””

    Now all that Trump needs to do is to fire the 745 since they are no longer needed and the Trump/Putin plan to make America great again is one step closer

    1. Great idea. The fact that we’d have that many folks in the remnants of the USSR is crazy. It’s a red flag to the country that our govt is too big. Although it’s a red flag that only about 5% of the country is able to see.

      1. I’ll bet you a fat dollar a large part of the embassy staff is the locals they use for cleaning and maintenance and general scutwork. Like in Benghazi where they were relying on the locals for security purposes, nothing could possibly go wrong with allowing your adversaries to supply manpower to your sensitive installations. IIRC, didn’t they have to abandon some sort of embassy where they were actually allowing the Russians to build it and – shockingly – it turns out the Russians were installing bugging equipment as they went?

        1. You read too many spy novels. The embassy staff that are Russians would never do anything so sneaky. Just like that prostitute the Silicon Valley married dude picks up in a St. Petersburg hotel is not a honey trap.

    2. Funny thing is that a lot of the people who will be fired will be foreign nationals most likely Russians. The diplomats will have to drive themselves to meetings instead of hiring a Russian chauffeur. And no waiters at the cocktail parties, you’ll have to walk to the bar and wait in line to get a drink.

      1. They’ll have to retain the chauffeurs, though. The only people crazy enough to try to drive in Russia are Russians. I’ve been there, and i can tell you that a red light just means “lean on the horn while you speed through the intersection.”

        1. Sounds like a libertarian paradise.

          1. Minus the rule of law.

          2. They have full frontal nudity on daytime television, but cussing is forbidden. It is a strange country.

            1. Like I said, libertarian paradise.
              Minus the butt sex.

  7. Ambassador Nikki Haley said there was “no point” in the United Nations

    Honesty at last!

    1. *golf clap*

  8. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill condemned President Trump’s supportive comments on police brutality, insisting suggesting the use of anything other than “reasonable and necessary” force was “irresponsible.”

    Ah, so close, the word we were looking for here was “problematic”. You have failed to create a Twitter moment for yourself.

  9. When a diminishing president is a good thing

    Fastidious people who worry that the president’s West Virginia and Ohio performances — the alpha male as crybaby — diminished the presidency are missing the point, which is: For now, worse is better. Diminution drains this office of the sacerdotal pomposities that have encrusted it. There will be 42 more months of this president’s increasingly hilarious-beyond-satire apotheosis of himself, leavened by his incessant whining about his tribulations (“What dunce saddled me with this silly attorney general who takes my policy expostulations seriously?”). This protracted learning experience, which the public chose to have and which should not be truncated, might whet the public’s appetite for an adult president confident enough to wince at, and disdain, the adoration of his most comically groveling hirelings.

    TW: While it’s an excellent piece, the author uses way too many big city, faggy book learnin’ words.

    1. When did George Will start channeling Mencken?

      1. When Trump was elected.

      2. condition of his dementia

    2. s/learnin/larnin/ if you wanna look real.

  10. Saudi Arabia said a demand by Qatar to internationalize the holy sites in Mecca and Medina a “declaration of war.”

    Ain’t nobody gonna threaten that sweet, sweet hajji revenue stream.

  11. The U.S. condemned Venezuela for holding a vote for the legislature marred by violence that the State Department said was a step toward authoritarian rule.

    And for reminding American voters how things go to shit when a government gets too heavy handed.

    1. When the outcome of the last one was 2/3 majority opposition, Maduro’s government wouldn’t allow them to be seated, and decided to have another election until the outcome was what he liked.

  12. Russia has ordered the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff in the country by 745.

    Well, at least someone is interested in cutting the size of the US federal government.

    1. With that comment, you may win the Internet today.

  13. Death of a F***ing Salesman

    What’s notable about the advice offered to young men aspiring to be “alpha males” is that it is consistent with the classic salesmanship advice offered by the real-world versions of Blake in a hundred thousand business-inspiration books (Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World is the classic of the genre) and self-help tomes, summarized in an old Alcoholics Anonymous slogan: “Fake it ’til you make it.” For the pick-up artists, the idea is that simply acting in social situations as though one were confident, successful, and naturally masterful is a pretty good substitute for being those things. Never mind the advice of Cicero (esse quam videri, be rather than seem) or Rush ? just go around acting like Blake and people will treat you like Blake. If that sounds preposterous, remind yourself who the president of the United States of America is.

    Coffee is 4 cucks. lol.

    1. You see this watch?

  14. Saudi Arabia said a demand by Qatar to internationalize the holy sites in Mecca and Medina a “declaration of war.”

    If actually so, one of the dumbest declarations of war in history.

    1. I wonder how the Saudi’s feel about whether Israel should internationalize their holy sites.

  15. “When he initially was going up the stairs I yelled his name. He was already quite a bit past me, and 30 feet away I yelled his name and told him that he sucked. … I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said. He then turned around and walked all the way back towards me and got up in my face for what seemed like a long time, but was probably only about 30 seconds or a minute.”

    “Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.”

  16. Desnudas gone wild! Cops claim they are powerless to arrest naked women harassing tourists in Times Square ‘because most of them are illegal immigrants’

    Desnudas are painted nude panhandlers that are often colored in star-spangled patterns and walk the streets of Times Square.

    he Times Square Alliance said that it observed the DAZs between 45th and 47th streets from four to 9pm, several weeks ago.

    Observing 20 workers, they saw 418 character-initiated encounters and found that 67 per cent of them happened outside a DAZ.

    Only 43 per cent of the interactions actually amounted in tips while 88 per cent involved characters touching members of the public.

    The concrete jungle where dreams are made of, as long as you stay inside the DAZ…

    1. Aggressive panhandlers should be shot on sight arrested.

      1. 1. Leave your ID at home
        2. Tell the cops your name is Juanita
        3. Profit!

        1. Works in Germany! Well, if you’re name is Ahmad and your “profit” is hacking shoppers to death.

          1. Profit, prophet. Tomato, Tomahto.

    2. I don’t want to live in a country where its flag’s stars have to be pixelated.

  17. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill condemned President Trump’s supportive comments on police brutality, insisting suggesting the use of anything other than “reasonable and necessary” force was “irresponsible.”

    So that explains why the cops cheered and applauded Trump when he talked about shoving suspects into their cruisers.

    1. Those were some other city’s Finest.

  18. 3 deputies placed on leave after lawsuit claims excessive force was used on teen inmate

    Jordan Elias Norris, 19, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court accusing the deputies of deprivation of civil rights, citing the use of excessive force and failure to protect after he was repeatedly stunned with Tasers in the jail in November 2016. He suffered more than 40 pairs of Taser burns, many of which are unaccounted for by authorities, the lawsuit states.

    During Norris’ time in the jail, he was stunned several times, including while restrained, according to the lawsuit. Many of the incidents were captured on video, including by cameras on the Tasers themselves.

    He is tied to a chair, gagged, while one guy tasers his chest. It looks like he is a Gitmo detainee.

    1. Grow a harmless plant like a thug, get tortured with electricity like a thug.

    2. fuck you, Cheatham County.

  19. Saudi Arabia said a demand by Qatar to internationalize the holy sites in Mecca and Medina a “declaration of war.”

    Kudos to Qatar for calling out the Saudis on their bullshit. They’re the lowest scum of the earth.

    1. Scummier or less scummy than Dave Weigel? Also, since when do you care about intra-Islamic disputes over pilgrimage rights?

      1. They’re worse than the Russians were when being criticized by Romney.

  20. Florida police officer arrested for sex with teenage girl

    Winter Haven Police say officers found Kenna and the girl alone in a room. They contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation.

    No details other than that, really

    1. They contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation.

      I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a Winter Haven cop rather than a Polk County deputy – but I did have to click the link to check.

    2. 17? What’s the age of consent? 40?

    3. was that wrong? is that kind of thing frowned upon here?

    4. And the cop will say he’s working an undercover vice sting, so that makes everything ok.

      1. Well he was undercover

  21. Ex-Louisa High School interpreter faces 230 years for sex crimes against child

    The Louisa High School interpreter accused of sex crimes against a student could serve up to 230 years in prison after pleading guilty to all charges Wednesday morning.

    Amanda Nasser, 31, appeared in Louisa Circuit Court and plead guilty to all 18 charges she was facing, including four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, and seven counts of solicitation of a minor through electronic means.

    Investigators say Nasser, who was a sign language interpreter for a student at the school, and a high school freshman had an inappropriate relationship on school grounds between September 18 and 26 in 2016.

    1. She actually picked him up in a full-sized van with a bed in the back several times.

      That is just a class move.

      Fact: there is literally nothing else to do in Louisa County.

      1. “He’s gonna love me in my Chevy Van.
        And that’s all right with me.”

    2. 230 years seems reasonable.

      1. She pled guilty to all counts. I’m guessing her plea deal didn’t include her getting the maximum possible sentence. Just bombastic reporting because news is all about clicks.

    3. At first glance she doesn’t look unattractive. Not guilty.

      Wait, this was a male student, right? Otherwise, guilty.

    4. “Investigators say Nasser, who was a sign language interpreter for a student at the school”

      She lured the student into her van by giving him the “blowjob” sign. (Hand making plunging action toward the mouth at a 45 degree angle, while the tongue pushes out the cheek on the opposite side.)

      1. Ah, fond memories of eighties teen movies.

        1. I always wondered exactly when boys having sex with female teachers went from super bragging rights to 230 years in prison.

          1. When they stopped making Porky’s movies.

            1. anyone seen Mike Hunt?

              1. No. Dick Hertz is missing too.

          2. When the man-hating feminazis of the Elizabeth Nolan Brown variety took complete control of the education system.

            1. Do you seriously not have any cultural references other than people who have written for Reason?

    5. could serve up to 230 years in prison

      Seems unlikely.

    6. Oh come on, how many deaf kids will ever get opportunities like this for crazy sex?

      1. While it’s true she’s a deaf kid’s translator at the school, I don’t think the lucky ki…ahem, I mean the “victim” is the deaf kid.

  22. NYPD cops receive threats after arresting state trooper for driving drunk in the Bronx

    Cops charged him with drunk driving. A judge ordered him released from custody after a brief arraignment.

    But since Narvaez’s arrest, cops from the 45th Precinct have received calls from people claiming to be state troopers seeking retaliation, police sources said.

    “It’s on,” one caller threatened.

    In response, NYPD union leaders have let their membership know about the threats, and encouraged everyone to obey the rules of the road to the letter, especially if driving in Westchester or upstate.

    “We just wanted the members to be careful on the road and obey the speed limit because they’re looking,” said one union head, who wished not to be named. “We’ve been down this road before.”

    Remember, these children are your betters.

    1. Only police should have guns.

      /sarc.

    2. ” because they’re looking,” said one union head.

      “Perfectly understandable. We’d do the same. Rules of Engagement, wot?”

    3. Best case scenario. All out shooting war.

    4. What do you know. Rival gangs.

  23. Saudi Arabia said a demand by Qatar to internationalize the holy sites in Mecca and Medina a “declaration of war.”

    Don’t fight Islamists. Get Islamists to fight each other.

    1. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy.

  24. Chris Christie…heckling Cubs fan

    finally does something right.

  25. Luckily, the Con Man Apprentice has not had to deal with a crisis yet.

    Reminds me of the first eight months of the Dubya administration.

    1. first eight months of the Dubya administration

      A.k.a. the last time anyone was able to pretend you weren’t a crazy piece of shit.

    2. Syria’s a crisis and Trump got a cease fire in the Southwest region to stick since July 7, 2017.

      Your TDS is not apparent at all.

      1. Russia has de facto annexed Syria.

        Some “resolution”.

        1. Better them than the US.

          1. Can they take Afghanistan too?

        2. Wow, I had no idea that Russia had that kind of power to annex a country that it does not share a border with.

          1. Hawaii shares a border with nothing, yet it was annexed.

        3. Russia has de facto annexed Syria.

          No, actually Russia (and before that the Soviet Union) has a longstanding military treaty/alliance with Syria which has included arms sales and military aid from the Russians in exchange for a naval base on the Med from the Syrians.

          Syria is only American property in the minds of Obama, Hillary, Graham and McCain along the rest of the neocons.

  26. The Con Man is in the process of fucking up his corporate tax cut promise – something that should have been a layup since even Obama/Dems wanted one.

    1. “…something that should have been a layup since even Obama/Dems wanted one.”

      But Obo just couldn’t do it, right?
      fuck off.

    2. Barack “You Didn’t Build That” Obama wanted a corporate tax cut? That’s news to… well, everyone, including Barack Obama.

      1. http://thehill.com/homenews/ad…..hattanooga

        Obama’s plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, with a preferred rate of 25 percent for manufacturers. It would also allow small businesses to write off $1 million in investments.

        Now STFU.

        1. There is more to that story…
          “House Republicans noted that they’ve opposed corporate-only tax reform and called on Obama to lower the top rates for individuals. ”

          So, Obama “proposed” a corporate tax rate decrease when he knew Congress would never approve it.

          Additional corporate tax hikes:
          Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax
          Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax
          Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income
          Obamacare Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
          Obamacare Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
          Obamacare Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
          Obamacare elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D
          ….
          Obama Tax hikes

          1. Wrong. The GOP opposed lower corporate rate simply because Obama proposed it.

            “If we’re going to break free of the same old arguments, where I propose an idea and Republicans say no just because it’s my idea, let me try offering something that serious people in both parties should be able to support ? a deal that simplifies the tax code for our businesses and creates good jobs with good wages for the middle-class folks who work at those businesses,” he said.

            Republicans reacted icily to Obama’s proposals, which they cast as a one-sided deal.

            The GOP is out for the GOP only – The Aborto-Freaks and Bible Bangers that are “true” conservatives.

            1. Why do you make a stupid fucking claim, then post a link which destroys your own stupid fucking claim.

              1. Are you fucking retarded?

                I claimed Obama proposed a corporate tax cut then supported it with a reputable source.

                1. And THEN you stupidly fucking claimed it wasn’t passed becuase the GOP hates Obama, and YOUR OWN FUCKING ARTICLE agrees with the GOP that it was one sided.

                  How fucking stupid are you?

                  1. The GOP called it one-sided, idiot.

                    And so fucking what if was one-sided? The GOP is supposed to like tax cuts.

                    But conservatives are liars – they only support the GOP.

                    1. “The GOP called it one-sided, idiot.”

                      There you go gentleman. Definitive proof the he doesn’t read his own articles.

                    2. So you GOP idiots hate one-sided tax cuts?

                      Of course you do if Obama wanted tax cuts.

                      Moron.

                    3. Read your own article bud. I can’t discuss it with you until you do, and you’ve proven you haven’t.

        2. That link was from 2013 you fucking Retard.

          1. So fucking what?

            Real slow for you:

            Obama…proposed..a…corporate..tax..cut.

            1. And then did exactly nothing to get it actually passed for years.

              What the fuck is wrong with you retard?

              1. McConnell had made it his #1 priority to OPPOSE EVERYTHING OBAMA WANTED.

                1. So, Obama was a feckless loser totally at the mercy of the GOP.

                  God what the fuck is wrong with you.

        3. You probably should have read your own link, shreek.

          1. He’s a moron.

            He’s sucking Obama’s dick over proposing something he knew couldn’t pass, and the rest of us aren’t supposed to notice.

            Hey, Shreek, we’re not going to suck Obama’s dick for proposing impossible legislation.

            You can, but we will continue to make fun of you for it.

            1. You’re a bunch a god-damn liars.

              TEAM RED ONLY! allowed here!

              Obama cut other taxes, you GOP cocksucker.

              1. I think I broke him, he’s devolved to gibberish

    3. Re: Peter Caca,

      If you’re talking about the orange p…y-grabber, it is obvious he lied about his tax plan. He had NO intention of lowering taxes. Trumpistas were bamboozled.

      And only because they proved to be easy to bamboozle. And it only took an orange p…y-grabber to show it

  27. Ambassador Nikki Haley said there was “no point” in the United Nations discussing North Korea’s latest missile test and indicated that the U.S. was dropping efforts to work with China on a new Security Council resolution.

    Quite possibly NK will be the Con Man’s Iraq.

      1. That would be great. Knocking off the little dictator with zero US war casualties.

        Nice!

        1. Yeah! Well, there have other been US war causalities in Syria, but other than that, I agree! Toppling a dictator can only lead to positive results.

          Do it, Trump!

          1. So, shreek is down with assassination in the name of Making America Great Again?

      2. Or Obama’s Egypt.

        or Obama’s Syria

        or Obama’s North Korea

        or Obama’s Nigeria

        or Obama’s Crimea

        or Obama’s Mexico

        1. Obama didn’t waste $2 trillion and 4500 US soldiers in any of those places, you moron.

          But I know THEY ARE ALL THE SAME AS IRAQ! is standard for you conservative morons.

          1. The only lesson Obama learned was to not send in a full ground army. Whoop-dee-fucking-doo. Libya is now in worse shape than Iraq. More US soldiers died in Afghanistan under his command than Bush’s. He drastically increased drone strokes, including the targeted assassination of an American citizen without due process, something even Bush did not do. Obama’s foreign policy legacy is as disastrous as Bush’s.

  28. Tired of winning already, Trumpistas?

    1. Nope.

      But we are tired of your bitching.

      1. some of us non-Trumpistas (voted for Johnson) are enjoying your salty ham tears.

      2. Re: Fantasy,

        But we are tired of your bitching.

        Bitching means complaining. I’m not complaining. I’m making fun of the orange p…y-grabber’s supporters for being so gullible. I’m in stitches. Literally.

        1. I’m in stitches. Literally.

          Don’t worry, that’s normal after you get your balls cut off.

          They’ll slip a cone around your head to make sure you don’t lick them out.

          Did they notch your ear too?

  29. Anyone catch the yung turks Cenk Uygur get demolished by Ben Shapiro?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIAyudtNicY

    Cenk spent the whole time attacking people and appealing to authority, while Ben went after ideas. Cenk had no response other then “well… THE REPUBLICANS!……. well…. America is 37th in *insert category here*”….

    1. Cenk is an intellectual lightweight of the highest order who I have only ever seen be disingenuous at best, flat lying retard at worst. Ben has thought out positions and can compose thoughtful arguments even in areas in which a libertarian may disagree with him. ///OFCOURSE!!!

      Lee Doren and Stephen Crowder have also repeatedly taken him to task.

    2. I prefer to keep my sanity. I don’t watch TYT. After Cenk completely misrepresented libertarian views, it was too obvious the guy is just another stoopid Marxian whose brain is right now orbiting around planet Marx.

  30. Seems like calling it The Shady Church of God would have been a tip off

    http://nbc4i.com/2017/07/31/ea…..ung-girls/

    1. Looks like they misspelled it – assuming they are referring to these guys. Filipino Catholics who speak in tongues. Now I’ve heard it all.

      1. Always want to have a market differentiator.

      2. Heard a comedian several years ago say this:

        “We were so far out in the woods, even the Episcopalians were snake handlers.”

  31. As of right now, the Dow is at 21,900. What was it that Krugman said nine months ago? Oh yeah, now I remember:

    “If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”

    1. Best investing advice is to always assume the opposite of anything Krugman says.

      1. Better than Dennis Gartman?

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