A.M. Links: Trump Cuts Debt Deal with Democrats, Irma Devastates Caribbean, Hurricane May Hit Florida on Friday

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    "President Trump struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to increase the debt limit and finance the government until mid-December, blindsiding his own Republican allies as he reached across the aisle to resolve a major dispute for the first time since taking office."

  • Hurricane Irma has devastated the Caribbean islands of St. Martin and Barbuda. The storm is currently on track to hit Florida on Friday night.
  • Gas stations in south Florida are running out of fuel as residents evacuate before Hurricane Irma's possible arrival.
  • Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at stopping President Trump from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.
  • "The officer at the center of controversy over his treatment of a Utah nurse was told not to worry about obtaining blood from an unconscious car crash victim in the hospital, but tried anyway, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen told CNN Wednesday."
  • South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon says North Korea is expected to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile "on September 9."

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  1. The storm is currently on track to hit Florida on Friday night

    More like Hurricane Squirma. Am I right?

    1. Hello.

  2. Gas stations in south Florida are running out of fuel as residents evacuate before Hurricane Irma’s possible arrival.

    If only they could use pythons for fuel.

    1. They could use these. [flexes guns]

    2. They are all probably wishing they lived in North Dakota Arabia now.

  3. …blindsiding his own Republican allies as he reached across the aisle to resolve a major dispute for the first time since taking office.

    He fired them from the position of allies.

    1. Pretty sure they were never allies. He would be bragging about Obamacare repeal and tax reform right now if they were.

  4. Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at stopping President Trump from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.

    More like classless action. Am I right, Mr. President?

    1. “Your Honor, President Trump is trying to end an unconstitutional policy! You must stop him!”

      1. Yeah, if it survives a court challenge we can safely assume the Republic is entirely dead instead of mostly dead. You know, to blathe.

  5. “The officer at the center of controversy over his treatment of a Utah nurse was told not to worry about obtaining blood from an unconscious car crash victim in the hospital, but tried anyway, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen told CNN Wednesday.”

    And he would have gotten away with it, too. Who is this “Logan Police” in the equation, anyway?

    1. Apparently, the Logan police are the ones who wanted the blood sample in the first place, and they asked the Salt Lake City police for help.

      They’re saying the escalation of the situation wasn’t their fault.

      1. Buck?

        Passed.

        That’s some fine police work, Gary.

      2. They’re probably sweating right now, hoping they can distance themselves from the whole mess and blame one or two guys from another department.

        1. They may be worried that nurses think like cops, which would mean that they would be looking for opportunities to vindictively screw people who disrespected them

          I think most nurses are more professional than that, but maybe the cops think it’s the better part of valor not to find one of their number seeking treatment after being blamed for assaulting medical personnel.

      3. Any explanation of why they were wanting a blood sample from the collateral damage of the chase?

        1. Because if the truck driver had any trace of drugs or alcohol in his system, the cops can say the death was cause by him, not their chase.

          1. I figure that is the true reason, but have they concocted a plausible cover reason for wanting a blood sample?

            1. They’re cops. If this incident doesn’t go down the memory hole in the next couple of news cycles, that’s when they’ll start floating reasons beyond FYTW.

    2. Maybe he didn’t want to go to Carousel and thought about becoming a runner?

  6. ?Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at stopping President Trump from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.

    Still don’t get how undoing an executive order of HIGHLY dubious legality can even remotely be litigated in court. The President has the undeniable power to undo prior executive orders.

    1. Weren’t there AGs from other states threatening to file federal lawsuits against Obama’s DACA order?
      Instead of dueling lawsuits, Congress needs to do its job. (and then more lawsuits). These Dreamer kids will be approaching retirement by the time this gets resolved.

      1. Maybe that’s for the best. They can spend their working lives here, contributing to society. Then when it comes time for them to start collecting Medicare, deport them.

    2. A mere President overruling the edict of the God-Emperor? Are you mad?

    3. Immigration law is the purview of congress. How does a state government have any standing to sue over a rescinded EO?

      1. Well, they sued to keep Trump from issuing an Executive Order regarding a temporary ban from certain countries so I guess they figure that since that worked out why not try on this? If they win, they know they can completely circumvent the President. While I intensely dislike the idea of an Imperial President issuing fiats, I’m not sure trading that for an Imperial Bureaucracy that can do whatever the hell it wants is much better.

  7. “The officer at the center of controversy over his treatment of a Utah nurse was told not to worry about obtaining blood from an unconscious car crash victim in the hospital, but tried anyway, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen told CNN Wednesday.”

    Is this the beginning of a subtle nudge in the direction of the underside of a bus?

    1. They know that if nurses acted like cops they’d retaliate against any cop they blamed for an assault on one of their number. Best not to take the risk – best to distance themselves from the assault on the nurse.

  8. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon says North Korea is expected to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile “on September 9.”

    Money for ICBM’s but not for food.

      1. THAT’S HOW YOU PLURALIZE ACRONYMS.

          1. I asked me, and I answered quite definitively.

        1. Ugh. I bet you don’t use the Oxford comma, either.

          The Oxford comma is very important.

          1. Oxford commas are for people without common sense.

          2. Depends which style you’re writing with. AP says the no oxford common is appropriate is memory serves. Of course, I haven’t cracked open an AP style guide in probably a decade so who the hell knows anymore.

      2. I was taught to use the apostrophe.

        1. I was taught both ways. I generally go with no apostrophe.

      3. Money for ICBM’s butt, not for food.
        fixed

    1. You have spend money to be a credible threat to get Danegeld.

  9. Scientists Hatch Bold Plan to Save Planet from Supervolcano

    The Yellowstone Caldera is an enormous craterlike depression measuring 30 miles by 45 miles and filled with molten material (magma). If it were to blast its innards out in a super-eruption, it’s no exaggeration to say that the human race could be imperiled.

    But scientists at NASA have sketched the rough outlines of a plan that they say would not only spare us from a deadly super-eruption but also turn the Yellowstone supervolcano into a source of electric power. In a write-up of the plan first shared with the BBC, the team argues that we could siphon heat from the caldera until it becomes too cool to erupt ? and convert the geothermal energy into electricity.

    I’ve seen this movie before, and the plan doesn’t end well.

    1. Which one, and which is its inferior sister movie that came out the same year?

        1. Ahh, yes. I think I agree, as Volcano fully embraced its cheesiness.

          And, as I recall, a subway worker slowly dissolves in lava.

            1. And it was the Zodiac killer, no less.

              Love the slow-motion jump and the reaction shot. It also looks like he flips them the bird at the end.

            2. It’s also the movie that made Don Cheadle a STAR!

              In my life, anyway. He had a cool beret and everything.

        2. Armageddon > Deep Impact

          Minigun equipped asteroid rover….nuff said.

    2. Yeah, I wonder at the idea that it would ‘cool down’. They do realize there’s a whole lot of molten rock down there, right?

      1. THIS^^

        It is like putting up a wind farm to protect against hurricanes.

  10. Minneapolis officer’s mental records probed in Justine Damond shooting

    Investigators are looking into the mental health and medical records of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian native in July.

    A search warrant filed publicly Tuesday shows an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was seeking investigative background records, including pre-employment psychological exams and unredacted personnel files, of Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.

    Court documents show the city provided investigators with the requested information.

    “Noor was diagnosed as a jittery fuck prone to murder.”

    1. Results will be released in 2019, just in time for his trial and acquittal in 2020.

    2. “Noor was diagnosed as a jittery fuck prone to murder.”

      No wonder he was hired to be a cop.

  11. Robert E. Lee Statue’s Removal in Dallas Delayed by Federal Court

    The City of Dallas voted Wednesday to immediately remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park, but the work was abruptly stopped by a federal judge.

    The Robert E. Lee monument in Lee Park was created by Alexander Phimister Proctor, a New York sculptor, and unveiled on June 12, 1936, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to an op-ed essay in The Dallas Morning News this week by Rick Brettell, a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Dallas.

    Mr. Brettell urged the city to move slowly on the question of what to do with the Lee monument, which he said was artistically significant because it is “one of the very few equestrian monuments in the history of art in which a leader shares his monument with someone nameless.”

    Racists gonna racist.

    1. Holy shit – time to scrub FDR from the history books. Thankfully we had President Henry Aagard Wallace to see us though those dark times.

    2. The Dallas Times report on the event said that FDR described Lee as “one of the greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen.”

      FDR undeniably a racist pig.

      Perhaps related: I visited Campobello Island a couple summers ago, did the house tour, and noticed many waffle-makers in the kitchen. Why are historians reluctant to note his love for Germanic breakfast treats???

      1. The Nazis did admire FDR’s New Deal.

    3. Hating Confederate statues is still hate.

    4. Yeah, most of us in Dallas are wondering what the fuck the City Council is thinking. I actually listen to their meetings on the Radio (yeah, I know) and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re all actually retarded. No surprise there.

      No one in particular in Dallas seems that upset about the statue as far as I can tell.

  12. Google and Sex Traffickers Like Backpage.com

    Sex traffickers in America have the police and prosecutors pursuing them, but they do have one crucial (if secret) ally: Google.

    Google’s motto has long been “Don’t be evil,” and I admire lots about the company. But organizations it funds have for years been quietly helping Backpage.com, the odious website where most American victims of human trafficking are sold, to battle lawsuits from children sold there for sex.

    Now Google is using its enormous lobbying power in Washington to try to kill bipartisan legislation that would crack down on websites that promote sex trafficking.

    My God.

    1. the odious website where most American victims of human trafficking are sold

      All the news that’s fit to pull out of our ass.

      1. To be fair, it is the opinion page, an odious opinion, but still.

        1. Yeah but he’s their house crank, not some random crackpot.

  13. ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Prequel From Ryan Murphy Scores Two-Season Order at Netflix

    Ratched, a prequel series from executive producer Ryan Murphy revolving around the character of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has landed at Netflix with a two-season, 18-episode order.

    The project, with Emmy winner Sarah Paulson set to take on the role of Nurse Ratched, landed at Netflix following a competitive bidding process with Apple and Hulu also among the suitors

    The origin story begins in 1947 and follows Ratched’s journey and evolution from nurse to monster. The show will follow her deadly progression through the mental health care system.

    Sarah Paulson is great, but heavens to Betsy Netflix will make anything.

    1. Since it’s a Ryan Murphy joint, we’ll learn the real reason Nurse Ratched became so horrible was BIGOTRY.

    2. Wonder if the Kesey family signed off on this as one of Ken’s complaints about the movie was that that they reduced the plot to RP vs Ratched instead of the bureaucratic machine of the mental health institutions vs individual autonomy. I’d hate to see Kesey’s work ruined further as he is a great author (especially from Libertarian prospective) and I highly recommend this book or Sometimes a Great Notion.

  14. From the nurse-assault article:

    “Jensen said Logan police didn’t pursue a warrant because they didn’t initially realize the victim was unconscious. They had hoped to get the victim’s consent, Jensen said.”

    Just like they try to get a driver’s “voluntary consent” to search the vehicle.

    They may not have known that the crash victim was not only unconscious, but also a cop (from Idaho), so how likely is it that, even if conscious, he’d have consented to a search?

    “We didn’t get a warrant because we thought we wouldn’t need one” – New Professionalism.

    1. I believe that a big part of the training cops get is how to manipulate civilians into waving their rights. Verbal judo I think they call it.

      1. They may not have known the patient was a policeman himself.

    2. “Jensen said Logan police didn’t pursue a warrant because they didn’t initially realize the victim was unconscious. They had hoped to get the victim’s consent, Jensen said.”

      The guy was a severe burn victim, right?

      “Sir we want to take a blood sample. Scream once for ‘yes’ and twice for ‘double yes’.”

  15. Kid Rock rattles off political views in fiery ‘stump speech’ at Grand Rapids show

    playing for a high-energy capacity crowd at Van Andel Arena, the metro Detroit-born star worked up a theatrical, rhyming, profanity-filled stump speech of sorts, knocking everything from “deadbeat dads” to those who “take a knee” during the national anthem.

    The speech, preceded by “Hail to the Chief” and delivered at a podium with a pair of flag-waving female dancers at his side, turned out to be prelude to a performance of his song “You’ve Never Met a Motherf—– Quite Like Me.”

    The Grand Rapids crowd, many holding aloft smartphones to document the moment, cheered most of Rock’s big applause lines as he laid out his views: He applauded single moms but bemoaned those who “can’t even take care of themselves but keep having kid after ? kid.” He blasted those who “call me a racist ’cause I’m not (politically correct),” adding that they “think you have to remind me that black lives matter.” And he snarled: “Nazi f—— bigots and the KKK, screw all you ass—–, stay the f— away.”

    He neared the end of his speech by saying: “If ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ has got folks in disarray, wait ’til they hear ‘Kid Rock for President of the U.S.A.’!”

    Is Mike Judge scripting the universe?

      1. This is the weirdest mix of music and politics since Paderewski became Prime Minister of Poland.

        You commie Russians and that land you stole
        We’ll kick your ass, take the land back for the Poles
        All the groupies down in Milano
        I’ll bang on them like I bang on my piano

    1. The absolute worst part of the whole thing? I can actually think of worse people who are currently in Washington, so hearing that Kid Rock wants to be a Senator is actually not the worst case scenario.

      Shit, it worked for Sonny Bono. If anything maybe Kid should run for a mayor post first, then think about maybe Congress instead of the Senate.

  16. “The officer at the center of controversy over his treatment of a Utah nurse was told not to worry about obtaining blood from an unconscious car crash victim in the hospital, but tried anyway, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen told CNN Wednesday.”

    Don’t wanna be a thug, don’t be cuffin’ no nurses.

  17. Hey you Trump-loving collectivist rightwingers! Repent, the true individualist pro-liberty ideology is Islam

    1. What… how… I…

    2. Look, just because you’re a chicken-fucking lunatic doesn’t mean that other people can’t also be crazy.

    3. A project of the Cato Institute

      Sigh.

    4. I certainly don’t want any Muslims looking at libertarian ideas.

    5. Yeah, if that was true the Middle East wouldn’t be a morass of authoritarian theocratic rule. That’s so obviously not true it’s laughable.

      Yet another reason to stay the fuck away from the Libertarian party.

  18. Yes, the Alt-Left Exists and It’s Terrifying

    Like canaries in the coal mine, liberals who do not (or no longer) subscribe to the Alt-Left ideology have been sounding the alarm about this creeping plague of repressive groupthink for quite a while now. I believe this attempt to dissuade our use of the term Alt-Left is purposeful (even if not consciously recognized by individuals who are doing it) ? for how can we discuss something we cannot refer to by name?

    When asked to define Alt-Left, I would describe it as a leftist but illiberal authoritarian ideology rooted in postmodernism and neo-Marxism that supports censorship, condones violence in response to speech, is obsessed with identity politics (much like the Alt-Right), and functions like a secular religion that gives its believers a sense of moral self-worth.

    It masquerades as a form of liberalism, but it has more in common with authoritarianism than its true believers can (or want to?) admit. It claims to speak for the marginalized, but it either ignores or attempts to hatefully shame members of marginalized groups who do not subscribe to the ideology.

    1. It is not simply Antifa; it is the ideology that undergirds Antifa, and it has swallowed much of BLM and intersectional third wave feminism. It wishes to swallow the whole of the left, the country, the world. It is rooted in nihilism, resentfulness, and arrogance, though it presents itself as being rooted in equality, justice, and morality. It favors collectivism over individualism, statism over liberty, forced equality of outcome over freedom.

      Now?imagine if I had to say that mouthful every time I wished to talk about the Alt-Left because I bought into the notion that to give it a name it would be insulting to fellow liberals. No, to speak of it by name is to out it for what it is and to reduce some of its power.

      Phew.

      1. No, to speak of it by name is to out it for what it is and to reduce some of its power.

        Tolkein?

        1. That’s more Le Guin-ish.

          1. I was going to go with Earthsea but I wasn’t sure if she got it from Tolkein. Also I thought it was too obscure. I should have known better.

            1. I am often happily surprised as well.

            2. I was thinking of He Who Shall Not Be Named, but needless to say Rowling stole everything from everyone.

      2. Why do people keep picking on Nihilism? Political Activism rooted in Nihilism is an oxymoron.

        1. Say what you want about the tenets of Antifa, at least it’s an ethos.

          1. Fuck it dude. Let’s go bowling.

    2. too many new labels, it’s like we’re living in a political cartoon

      1. “Political tags ? such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth ? are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.”
        ? Robert A. Heinlein

  19. “Hurricane May Hit Florida on Friday”

    I thought it was called Irma and that it hasn’t hit yet.

    1. Stupid, ugly Irma.

  20. President Trump struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders

    Bipartisanship: How you know that you are extra screwed.

    1. During the next Republican administration/filibuster/obstructionism, Trump will be fondly recalled by Democrat concern trolls as one of the good ones.

  21. OH MY GOD GOOD MORNING MY DARLING FRANKENTRUMPKENCUCKS.

    AddictionMyth used to love the AM links. Ah, memories.

    Don’t ban me bro.

    Jill Stein ruefully approves this message.

    1. If they are prone to ban you, why are you so eager for their company? Sounds like the makings of a dysfunctional relationship.

      There’s no shortage of sites which would value commenters with your, ah, distinctive contributions.

      1. Walking that walk, talk that slick talk:

  22. Israel bombed Syrian gas and missile factories. They did what Trumbama shoulda done a long time ago. Kept wondering why the Jewnerals withdrew. Now we know!

    1. Jewnerals? I’m saving that one for later!

  23. The storm is currently on track to hit Florida on Friday night.

    Tracks are now holding the eye to skirt up the east coast of FL. Looks like it could be messy.

  24. Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at stopping President Trump from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. from enforcing the law as written while deferring to the legislature to pass legislation, also know as doing the job of chief executive officer.

  25. This is how you TDS.

    Students showed up to school in black clothing, saying they were mourning the loss of intelligence in this country. Some were in tears, hugging and holding each other in the hallways. My school had a total of three walkouts with a large portion of the school participating, myself included.

    […]

    So when our journalism teacher invited Forest Machala ? a 22-year-old Trump supporter and former Roosevelt student ? to visit our class, we were surprised, to say the least.

    Before the discussion began, Ms. Roux told us that we could leave if we weren’t comfortable, and about half the class left to work on other assignments. I was devastated from the election because I supported Clinton, and I wasn’t sure if I could handle talking with a Trump supporter. But my curiosity outweighed my fears and I decided to stay ? until I heard Machala say that his faith in Trump didn’t falter after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, which shows Trump making misogynist comments about women.

    I was so upset, I had to run out of the room to calm myself down. After a few minutes of deep breaths, I realized that he felt as strongly about his beliefs as I do about mine and I should respect him.

    1. Students showed up to school in black clothing, saying they were mourning the loss of intelligence in this country.

      “And then I realized it was just the goth kids.”

      My school had a total of three walkouts with a large portion of the school participating, myself included.

      “You’re all expelled. Ktxbai.”

      1. Yeah, I still have a few memories of high school that survived all the drugs and alcohol and if memory serves ‘leaving school’ was always the goal. The justifications didn’t really fucking matter.

        The idea that someone under the age of 18 really understands jack or shit about politics is false. They don’t even know history or economics yet, by and large, and without key pieces of knowledge they’re useless. Thankfully, virtually none of them vote even while PAC’s spend a whole fuck load of money trying to entice them. After all, they’re total idiots. Basically the perfect voter.

        I know this because I remember myself at 18, and it was a fucking travesty.

  26. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon says North Korea is expected to launch another intercontinental ballistic missile “on September 9.”

    Asian missire just so smar.

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