A.M. Links: 3 CEOs Resign from Trump's Business Council, North Korea Dials Back Threats Against Guam, India Celebrates Independence Day

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    The CEOs of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel have all resigned from President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council in protest of Trump's response to the violence at Saturday's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • North Korean President Kim Jong-un appeared to take a step back from his recent threats to attack Guam, saying he "would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees."
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is threatening to restart his country's nuclear program "within hours" if the U.S. imposes new sanctions.
  • Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a Confederate monument outside the Durham County Court House last night.
  • "A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution."
  • India declared independence 70 years ago today.

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124 responses to “A.M. Links: 3 CEOs Resign from Trump's Business Council, North Korea Dials Back Threats Against Guam, India Celebrates Independence Day

  1. The CEOs of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel have all resigned from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council…

    The companies are bracing for the twitter retaliation.

    1. One again Trump makes America greater by reducing the size of government and its councils.

      1. I haven’t seen this beleaguered a counsell since the Brewers lost 6 in a row last week.

      2. As I have been saying, Trump is successfully dismantling government as much as he can.

        Who would have thought, Trump not tweeting would shrink the government by 3 people.

        Trump cannot win. He tweets and the lefties bash him. Trump does not tweet and the left bashes him.

        1. The council in question was started by Donald Trump, and you’re giving him credit for “dismantling government” because 3 people quit it over his reaction to the car attack?

          1. ^This

          2. Yup. At this rate, there will never be an American Manufacturing Council again.

            You need to learn chess.

            1. Trump should try socialism. That way, when socialism fails, no-one will ever try socialism again.

              Am I doing this right, or should I go back to the park and watch the homeless guys play chess some more?

              1. Am I doing TDS correctly?

            2. I can’t tell if you’re serious or not.

    2. Hello.

      “It is with regret I must resign…”

      “Okay. Go fuck yourself.”

      People have lost their minds Part Three.

      1. “Well………..bye.”

        1. /waves with Trump smirk.

          ‘Buh-bye. AND I WAS GOING TO FIRE YOU ANYWAY!’

  2. North Korean President Kim Jong-un appeared to take a step back from his recent threats to attack Guam…

    ‘Come at me bro’ works every time.

  3. A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day…

    And those visitors once identified will be added to the official crowd count.

    1. But Google gives out IP addresses for other government requests without warrants.

  4. Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a Confederate monument outside the Durham County Court House last night.

    That statue will rise again!

    1. Keep in mind this wasn’t a statue to Lee or Davis, but one to the dead soldiers.
      I could honestly see these people destroying the Vietnam memorial, since they think we were the only “bad guys” there and we lost.

      1. Then when the real fun starts.

  5. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is threatening to restart his country’s nuclear program “within hours”…

    Of find its keys.

    1. That Iran deal was such a winner, was it not?

    2. (I guess the ding is implied.)

    3. I doubt they ever stopped.

  6. a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution.”

    Yeah, suck on a mint for a few minutes before making the request next time.

  7. India declared independence 70 years ago today.

    And America declared DEpendendence when it elected Trump. Am I doing this right?

  8. India declared independence 70 years ago today.

    When will Canada and Australia follow?

    1. Tech support down today. Looks like clear the cache and shut down re-start all day long.

  9. Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a Confederate monument outside the Durham County Court House last night.

    It then shattered and one thousand memes, which had been housed within, scattered all over the floor.

  10. The CEOs of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel have all resigned from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council

    I guess this is good news for the American Manufacturing Council as I had either forgotten it existed or never knew it did.

    1. Ha. Under Armour is interesting given how they piled on him for his comments.

      I guess he fell into line.

      Also. Who gives a shit about the AMC. All these stupid organizations do fuck all and are there to pad resumes.

  11. saying he “would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.”

    I’m with fatty on this one. If Steinbrenner were still alive, Girardi would have been shit canned years ago.

    1. He’s like a fat little Mojo Jojo.

  12. James Alex Fields Posted on Facebook as ‘Conscious Ovis Aries’ About Hitler, Trump: Reports

    http://heavy.com/news/2017/08/…..ler-trump/

    1. Yes, he’s an evil cunt.
      We all agree.

      Let me preempt your “To bad Trump doesn’t” with
      Yes, Trump also agrees he’s an evil cunt.

      1. Did Trump criticize Fields by name like he did the Merck CEO?

        I missed it if he did.

        1. I’m following your subthread as written. Am I supposed to know you’ve got Merck on your mind?

          Re Fields. I have no idea if he was mentioned by name or if Trump knew his name.

          1. And when he does, watch the goalposts move again.

        2. Did Trump criticize Fields by name like he did the Merck CEO?

          Are you saying Trump should’ve chosen Fields to be on his American Manufacturers Council?

  13. Protesters Communists in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a Confederate monument outside the Durham County Court House last night.

    Can we get a little consistency here?

    1. I wonder how these Communists would feel if people toppled a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr?

      I suspect a different reaction.

  14. The CEOs of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel have all resigned from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council in protest of Trump’s response to the violence at Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Virtue signaled.

    Just like our esteemed carpetbagging governor.

    1. I bought a pair of Under Armour shoes on deep discount. They were comfortable, but fell apart extremely quickly.

      1. Under Armour is just trying to remind you of how comfortable bare feet are.

        1. To be fair, if I could walk around barefoot all the time, I totally would. Which is why most of the time I’m either in sandals or those weird toe-shoes.

      2. At Under Armor, its no shirts no shoes NO PROBLEM!

  15. Syria’s Assad has become an icon of the far right in America

    That Assad’s harsh methods have resulted in tens of thousands of civilian casualties seems only to have enhanced his stature. In a video posted on Twitter, three men who participated in the Charlottesville protests hailed Assad’s use of barrel bombs to subdue communities that turned against him. One is wearing a T-shirt that says: “Bashar’s Barrel Delivery Co.”

    Barrel bombs are crude, cheaply made explosive devices that are tipped out of aircraft without any form of targeting, and their use has killed thousands of civilians in Syria.

    In the streamed live video, the men defend Assad.

    https://goo.gl/yGHGoq

    1. I find it no less appalling than the last 15 years of Chavista-love from the mainstream American left.

      1. Not the “mainstream”. Why lie? When did Sean Penn become the mainstream?

        1. How about Jimmy Carter? Or Bernie Sanders? Or Joe Stiglitz? Or Jose Serrano?

          1. More like Obama:

            “I think that the entire hemisphere has been watching the violence, the protests, the crackdowns on the opposition. I think our general view has been that it’s up to the people of Venezuela to choose their leaders in legitimate elections. Our approach to the entire hemisphere is not ideological. It’s not rooted back in the Cold War. It’s based on the notion of our basic principles of human rights and democracy and freedom of press and freedom of assembly. Are those being observed? There are reports that they have not been fully observed post-election. I think our only interest at this point is making sure that the people of Venezuela are able to determine their own destiny free from the kinds of practices that the entire hemisphere generally has moved away from.”

            Perfect.

            1. Yeah, he really tore him a new one with that statement. Really strong denouncement.

              1. Oh yeah. I forget. Conservatives like a loud-mouth he-man like Putin.

                1. Stunning that a pure libertarian like you is such an Obama fan.
                  Never a contrary word said about him.

                  1. I absolutely have been highly critical of Obama – you haven’t been around very long, have you?

                    Obama is dead wrong on Citizens United. The ACLU and SCOTUS got it right. A lot of the ACA is horrible (like the mandates).

                    But all in all, despite not being a libertarian, Obama is far better than Bush/Cheney/McCain/Romney/Con Man.

                    1. I have been around a long time.

                      You are Team Blue.

                    2. I’ve been around longer.

                      And you’re Team Red.

                    3. “A lot of the ACA is horrible (like the mandates).”

                      Just “a lot”? Not every fucking word is horrible?
                      Not serial lies that preceded it’s passage? Lies told boldly and often by Obama.
                      Not a mention that libertarian values do not provide for the State to be in the Medical Insurance business.

                    4. A lot of the ACA is horrible (like the mandates).

                      “Which is why I’ve vigorously defended it at every turn since its implementation.”

                2. From a libertarian:
                  All tyrant thugs are tyrant thugs.
                  That includes Putin, Chavez, Obama, Trump, Un, etc.
                  See, it’s easy.

            2. That statement isn’t even about Chavez. It’s about the even-worse Maduro after he stole the election. And its weak sauce.

              1. The saving grace of the last 8 years is that Obama really is weak sauce. Imagine the damage if he had any balls.

                1. Tell that to Osama bin Laden. Bush and McCain said they would never launch a military raid in ally territory (Pakistan).

                  1. Seriously? Standing on the backs of others counts as the savior. GTFOH.

                2. I dunno — the country is tearing itself apart over statues and microagressions. The left of course blames Trump but that s–t is all on Obama.

                  1. Yep. 8 years of weak sauce and victimhood.

                3. The saving grace of the last 8 years is that Obama really is weak sauce. Imagine the damage if he had any balls.

                  Obama did plenty of damage without balls.

              2. And its weak sauce.

                Only if you’re brain-washed by Sean Hannity bluster and ignorance.

                1. Not agreeing with a mealy mouthed and mild denouncement now counts as a Sean Hannity brainwashing. Write that down, everyone.

        2. Re: Peter Caca,

          Not the “mainstream”. Why lie?

          Many US media outlets did a very touching tribute to socialist icon and overall nasty person Hugo Ch?vez after his timely death. Don’t tell me they weren’t “Mainstream”.

        3. Not the “mainstream”. Why lie?

          The mainstream definitely lionized Obama, who ALSO dropped bombs on innocent Syrians, killing them indiscriminately. He did this in 7 countries, actually.

          The difference being, Assad didn’t travel to a different hemisphere to burn innocent people alive.

          And even to this day, y’all still can’t find it within yourselves to be honest about the monster you cheered, and his horrific crimes against the innocent (and international law).

        4. “”When did Sean Penn become the mainstream?””

          He hasn’t been mainstream since he left Mr. Hand’s class.

    2. Yes, he’s an evil cunt.
      We all agree.

      Let me preempt your “To bad Trump doesn’t” with
      Yes, Trump also agrees he’s an evil cunt.

    3. Does this mean they aren’t racist?

      1. Nah, you’re supposed to condem Assad, shed a few crocodile tears about the humanitarian catastrophe and signal you support for the kind, moderate, organ-eating headchoppers McCain and Felonia Von Pantsuit chose for the future leadership of Syria.

    4. Guess Obama shouldn’t have encouraged the “Arab Spring” that ended up doing fuck-all for “democracy,” then, eh?

      1. Of course he should have.

        Democracy is still the best system.

        1. Democracy: Best experienced with deep ethno-sectarian divisions, Islamists and terrorists backed by foreign countries!

        2. So there is democracy there and all the other places that looked to the USA for help in getting a democracy going and were rebuffed by Obama?

          Its easy to start fires but takes real dedication to control them.

          1. Its not our job to force fit democracy in a shit-hole like Syria. Look how the Bushpigs adventure in Iraq turned out.

            1. But somehow its our job to give the thumbs up to dissenters to start a civil war and then not support it so its lasts for 6+ years.

              It really is a genius plan to get thousands of Syrian refugees into the USA.

              Iraq was a cluster fuck too. Lefties never learn from mistakes and neither do neo-cons.

              Our Democratic Republic was started because people in the 13 colonies wanted it, not because France wanted us to be a Democracy.

              1. Are you naive enough to believe a tribal faction in the Middle East needs our thumbs-up to launch into a civil war?

                1. Yeah, Al-Nursa got those TOW missles from Amazon and ISIS got their Cash for Clunkers cars from a dealership, right?

                  A totally organic uprising.

                  1. Yeah, Al-Nursa got those TOW missles from Amazon and ISIS got their Cash for Clunkers cars from a dealership, right?

                    Buttplug loves when the US fucks around in the Middle East as long as it’s Democrats doing it.

                2. But Hillary and Obama gave them assurances didn’t they?

                  Lefty article “The Atlantic”

                  Obama declared that encouraging transitions to democracy was now a “top U.S. priority that must be translated into concrete actions and supported by all of the diplomatic, economic, and strategic tools at our disposal.”

                  Obama Speech and policy

            2. “”Look how the Bushpigs adventure in Iraq turned out.”‘

              No shit. Makes you wonder what the F Obama and Hillary was thinking. They brought the US into it.

        3. Yep, look how awesome it is in Syria now!

  16. North Korean President Kim Jong-un appeared to take a step back from his recent threats to attack Guam

    I told you Trump is a Kennedy Democrat.

    aying he “would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.”

    “The only thing stupid is your stupid hair. Okay? Keep it up and I’ll give you and your pals swirlies like the world has never seen!” – D.T.

    1. I wonder if people will ever give Trump credit if he can pull off China pistol whipping North Korea into playing nice.

      With all the TDS, I doubt it.

      All the presidents from Truman to Obama who passed the North Korean problem on to future generations.

      1. If you think there will be a ‘solution’ to North Korea that is created out of Donald Trump running his mouth like a basic bitch, you’re even more delusional than I thought.

      2. They only acknowledge red lines that have been crossed.

  17. Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a Confederate monument outside the Durham County Court House last night.

    And suspects were promptly arrested for destruction of public property, right? RIGHT?

    1. It’s far worse than that.

      None of the protesters had demolition occupational licensing training.

      1. Haha. That’s comedy, right there.

      2. Ha! Good one!

        Wait….. Can’t tell if serious.

    2. I’m sure the Durham cops would look the other way if Tea Party protestors tore off the signs on the IRS office.

    3. I’m sure the Durham cops would look the other way if Tea Party protestors tore off the signs on the IRS office.

  18. A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting

    Stop it. Also, why all the pay-walled links?

    1. It’s WaPo – they all have subscriptions and assume we subscribe to that garbage too.

      1. It kills me when people link to the Wall St. Journal or Barron’s like everyone else pays to read old school financial newspapers too.

  19. I have a feeling Merck, Under Armour, and Intel are going to be up to their eyeballs with the Rheeeee! crowd now that their CEO’s have proven to fold like cardboard.

    1. My take is that they’re jumping ship, seeing how the captain is steadfast on doing down with it as he keeps boring holes in the hull, one clumsy statement at a time.

      1. Before you can jump ship, you have to climb on board.
        I’m sure they were expecting some kind of inside advantage by being on the Prez’s blue ribbon panel.
        Oh well, you can’t always get what you want.

        1. Re: Tom Bombadil,

          Before you can jump ship, you have to climb on board.

          And didn’t they? It says in the article that the three of them were part of Cheeto-man’s American Manufacturing Council which, by the way, doesn’t sound fascistic at all – no siree!

          1. My point is, what were they doing there in the first place? Didn’t everyone know the cut of Trump’s jib long before he was sworn in.

            Also, their reason for quitting is the epitome of virtue signalling bullshit.

    2. Its like a shark smelling blood in the water.

  20. So I was listening to NPR and, from what I could infer, the racists somehow knew the counter-protests would happen in advance and planned to have a mother-beating loser run over one of the protesters?

    1. They’re super smart for dumb hick rednecks. They planned their get together knowing that a bunch of protesters would show up so they could have someone drive a car through the crowd. I suppose that ultimately makes the counter protesters the real idiots in falling for the dumb hick’s evil scheme,

      1. Wouldn’t be the first time nor the last.

    2. the racists somehow knew the counter-protests would happen in advance

      Why would you find that implausible? Counter-protesters generally outnumber KKK/Neo-Nazi/etc. protesters at these events, oftentimes by as much as 10-to-1.

  21. Found another link for the statue thing.

    “When I see a Confederate statue in downtown Durham, or really anywhere, it fills me with a lot of rage and frustration,” Tran said.

    Thats because you are a petulant child, a hyper-emotional precious snowflake and ignorant/intolerant of history. You call other people fascist while committing fascistic acts. You are a stupid person.

    1. Imagine the exploding heads if people toppled a statue of MLK or some lefty person.

      The bigger irony is that the statutes the lefties are toppling are of Democrats.

      1. Maybe not too ironic. They are from a time when democrats were low tax & free trade as opposed to the modern Dem marxists tearing down the statues.

        1. They are from a time when democrats were low tax & free trade

          That’s ‘slave’ trade.

      2. Destroying other peoples’ property is bad. But what exactly is the equivalence between the most iconic hero of the civil rights movement and an enemy soldier?

        1. Tomato…tomatoe

          MLK was a hero of civil rights, huh? If you say so.

          Enemy soldier, huh? If you say so.

        2. He was a Christian, he has it coming, especially with that fascist “Only love can drive out hate” bullshit.

    2. Shut up and join the progressive way forward. A “great leap”, so to speak.

  22. The CEOs of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel have all resigned from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council in protest of Trump’s response to the violence at Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    How quickly they got tired of winning.

    “A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day ? a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution.”

    If the company is compelled to acquiesce, though, they’re going to find out that 1.2 million of the 1.3 million IP addresses are all from the NSA…

  23. The prosecutors also argued that the warrant identified the “precise categories of information” that DreamHost must provide and “precise limitations” on the information that the government may seize.

    Waiting for the day when the precise category of information is “evidence of a crime”…and the judge says, “close enough! Here’s your warrant!” Looks like that day is coming pretty soon.

  24. the fuck is the American Manufacturing Council?

    1. Didn’t they make the Gremlin in the mid-70’s?

      1. Gremlins were fun. Buddy had a purple one.

        1. Yep. First car I ever owned.
          1974. Maybe $2400 new?
          50% POS, 50% fun.

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