Caribbean Islands Devastated By Irma, Bernie Sanders Plans to Unveil Medicare for All Bill, and House Passes Debt Ceiling Increase: P.M. Links


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    Caribbean islands are being devastated by Hurricane Irma as it makes its way toward Florida. Dutch troops are deployed in St. Martin to prevent looting.

  • Fortunately, Richard Branson was able to ride out the storm in his fortified wine cellar. (The cellar was fortified, not the wine.)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is going to unveil his Medicare for All bill on Wednesday.
  • The House passed a three-month debt ceiling limit increase, tied to Hurricane Harvey aid. All 90 of the "no" votes came from Republicans. You can read Reason's take on this display of bipartisanship here.

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  1. (The cellar was fortified, not the wine.)

    Are you sure?

    1. He’s a Brit, so I’m guessing there was some port in that cellar. And it didn’t matter what kind, either. Any port in a storm.

      1. Any storm, drink port?

    2. Hello.

      “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I ? Vt.) is going to unveil his Medicare for All bill on Wednesday.”

      As well as a gulag masking as a luxurious resort

    3. Now I get why the Germans compound so many words. It’s much clearer to write “fortified winecellar” or “fortifiedwine cellar”.

      1. You know what else the Germans compounded?

      2. English can use hyphenation in some cases: fortified-wine cellar v fortified wine-cellar. German does have inflection differences, that English lacks, which helps in oral communication.

  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I ? Vt.) is going to unveil his Medicare for All bill on Wednesday.

    And this is when Bernie Sanders truly became president.

  3. All 90 of the no votes came from Republicans.

    You all see it. Republicans hate storm victims.

    1. Racist obstructionists. Every one.

  4. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I ? Vt.) is going to unveil his Medicare for All bill on Wednesday.


  5. The Confederacy was a con job on whites. And still is.

    “How did the plantation owners mislead so many Southern whites?

    “They managed this con job partly with a propaganda technique that will be familiar to modern Americans, but hasn’t received the coverage it deserves in our sesquicentennial celebrations. Starting in the 1840s wealthy Southerners supported more than 30 regional pro-slavery magazines, many pamphlets, newspapers and novels that falsely touted slave ownership as having benefits that would ? in today’s lingo ? trickle down to benefit non-slave owning whites and even blacks. The flip side of the coin of this old-is-new trickle-down propaganda is the mistaken notion that any gain by blacks in wages, schools or health care comes at the expense of the white working class.

    “Today’s version of this con job no longer supports slavery, but still works in the South and thrives in pro trickle-down think tanks, magazines, newspapers, talk radio and TV news shows such as the Cato Foundation, Reason magazine, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. These sources are underwritten by pro trickle-down one-per-centers like the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch.”

    1. One “trickle down” effect was that many whites (probably more than the number actually owning slaves) would rent out slaves to work in their stores, to bring in the harvest, etc. This part-time work force cost less than hiring free whites to do the same labor. One can’t discount the scare mongering, either: slave revolts with murder and rapine if any leniency was shown, freed ignorant blacks roaming the cities looking for white women, crimes, etc. etc.

  6. Caribbean islands are devastated by Hurricane Irma as it makes its way toward Florida.

    Devastated as in actually devastated or devastated as in clickbait headline devastated?

    1. I saw one headline that said “decimated,” so 10% of them are completely gone.

    2. Devastated as in very grief-stricken. The islands can’t even with Irma right now.

    3. From what I’ve heard and seen there’s some pretty actual devastation. Just about every building on Barbuda is destroyed, or so I’ve been told.

  7. Outrage as Jennifer Lawrence claims Hurricane Harvey and Irma are Mother Nature’s revenge on President for his attitude towards global warming

    Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is facing a backlash after appearing to suggest that the recent spate of deadly hurricanes to hit the US are ‘mother nature’s rage’ against President Donald Trump and his supporters.

    After Houston suffered the worst flooding in recent memory from Harvey and Miami prepares to face a direct hit from Irma, the outspoken actress, 27, seemed to lay the blame for the natural disasters firmly with voters who are skeptical about global warming.

    ‘It’s also scary to know, that climate change is due to human activity, and we continue to ignore it, and the only voice that we really have is through voting,’ said Lawrence, in an interview with the UK’s Channel 4 to promote her new movie, Mother!

    Now I am not going to see the movie that I had no intention to see!

    1. ” worst flooding in recent memory”

      “Bitch please”
      Galveston 1900

      1. You consider 1900 to be “recent memory?”

        1. I consider it close enough to be relevant, as it is in my grandparent’s lifetimes.

          What I find amazing about a storm like Harvey is how few people were killed compared to Galveston. Hurricanes were there before climate change, and killed more people. Yet we have people acting like Harvey would not have happened if Clinton was president

    2. More evidence to support my theory that she has Down’s Syndrome.

    3. I just lost a couple of IQ points reading that.

    4. TIL that hurricanes care about American politics.

    5. Wait, I thought it was because of all the homos?

    6. Someone needs to stop these religious demagogues.

    7. This part is the best:

      After Houston suffered the worst flooding in recent memory from Harvey and Miami prepares to face a direct hit from Irma, the outspoken actress, 27, seemed to lay the blame for the natural disasters firmly with voters who are skeptical about global warming.

      Who knew that majority Democrat-voting urban metropoles were global warming deniers?

      1. It’s almost like no one gets that the 30 something percent who vote Hillary/Trump in Texas/California are still huge numbers

        1. They also tend to be the reason red stated perform so poorly in various rankings, or suck up so much welfare. But we prefer to round the numbers off to “red” or “blue” then call people hypocrites and move on. rather than asking questions like why the states with the most impoverished people might have the lowest opinion of the value of welfare.

  8. Cafeteria worker at Florida school accused of sexting and sex with teen student, was planning tryst at party

    Aimee Chevalier exchanged 100 graphic text messages with the boy before they met in the kitchen of Hernando Christian Academy, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

    The messages included images and videos of Chevalier’s naked body, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office found.

    She confessed to authorities that she was having sexual relations with the child, and said she planned to have intercourse with him an upcoming open house party at one of his friends’ homes, according to the newspaper.

    Hot diggity dog!

    1. Here you go.

      Happy Spanking!

    2. She’s got your hot Sloppy Joe right here.

    3. I bet her skin feels just like frubber.

  9. There’s a Heated Debate Over the Best Sex Doll Skin Material

    Sex doll manufacturers are on the hunt for skin. It’s what binds doll parts together, makes the user feel like they’re touching a pliant and agreeable woman, and keeps a doll’s body fresh through years of wear and tear. It has to look like skin, feel like skin, and not pull apart or melt when exposed to water. No company has discovered a perfect skin simulation yet, but they’re close.

    Though sex robots and dolls are becoming increasingly popular, no single material can replicate the texture of human skin while withstanding friction and heat over time. A company called Hanson Robotics developed and patented “frubber”, or flesh rubber, which has excited the sex doll fan community, but most dolls are still made of silicone or thermoplastic elastomer (which fans call TPE), a blend of silicone and polyvinyl chloride.

    You losers keep your Coast Guard, because us cool kids know that Hanson Robotics are the real heroes.

    1. Anyone else super fucking horny right now?

      1. No. I just got home from hernia surgery. I’ll be in my bunk, but not in a good way.

  10. I’m sorry I missed the stimulating discussion following Mangu-Ward’s post. Fortunately there were other law and order libertarians to set things straight.

    1. Yeah, i skipped the shit out of that comments section.

      1. It wasn’t all bad. The “the law is the law” contingent was out in force, though.

      2. I had A LOT OF THINGS TO SAY, but it’s not like I’m gonna bother now.

        I apologize for y’all’s loss.

    2. Fortunately there were other law and order libertarians to set things straight.

      You’re welcome.

      1. Crusty is strongly behind controlling with a firm grip.

      2. I’ll be grateful if you make that website.

        1. I am far too lazy to undertake such an endeavor, but if you steal the idea I shall write two one-hundred word paragraphs randomly CAPITALIZING WORDS FOR EMPHASIS.

          1. Damn it, you’re not even being subtle anymore that you’re Hihn.

  11. North Korea warns US will pay for ‘political prostitute’ Nikki Haley’s ‘hysteric fit’

    Published September 08, 2017
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    North Korea on Friday called U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley a “political prostitute” and derided her as “crazily swishing her skirt” after she said the rogue regime was “begging for war.”

    The state-run Korean Central News Agency described Haley’s comments to the UN Sunday as a “hysteric fit.”

    “Nikki should be careful with her tongue though she might be a blind fool,” KCNA said. “The U.S. administration will have to pay a dear price for her tongue-lashing.”

    Thank goodness we don’t have a broad in charge or we would be nukin’ them little mugs.

  12. TW: Scroll past quickly and/or block me: Lenny Dykstra’s seduction of ‘horny’ Lena Dunham went horribly wrong

    “You guys I’m being simultaneously trolled & seduced by @LennyDykstra this day has gotten really f?king weird,” Dunham tweeted.

    To which Dykstra replied, “You know deep down you want to take a ride on the space shuttle.”

    Obviously disgusted by the comment, the “Girls” star quickly fired back: “Do you just sit around asking your friends ‘what’s the least witty way I can revolt a woman?”

    Dykstra answered, “Come on, I can be so much less witty than that.”

    But things didn’t end there.

    The two continued their back-and-forth for nearly an hour ? with Dykstra, also known as “Nails,” beaming one outrageous tweet after another at Dunham, much to the chagrin of Twitter users.

    1. “I’m shaken to my core by the latest turn of events,” Dunham said.

      “She seems to have some anger issues,” Dykstra said to one of his followers. “I might want to help her with that. I have a gift, and I like to help people.”

      In response, Dunham said: “It’s so true. I’m mad. Can I borrow your bat.”

      “Any time, my dear. Darryl Strawberry’s is bigger though. #SwampMule,” Dykstra said.

      Dunham concluded the Twitter spat with a tweet saying she was “excited” about her new “stalker” ? prompting Dykstra to drop his most cringeworthy diss yet.

      “I love when they’re trying so hard to act like they’re playing hard to get!” he said.

      1. This is going to turn into a You Got Mail situation. I just know it.

    2. So she can dish but she can’t take it.

      1. “”I’m shaken to my core by the latest turn of events,” Dunham said.”

        She was literally shaking.

        1. Prepare yourselves. It won’t be long before the S-waves to make it to the surface.

        2. Tsunami warnings are in effect for the entire pacific basin.


    3. “You know deep down you want to take a ride on the space shuttle.”

      “Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it still has the longest line! WOOOOOO!!”

  13. OT: Maxine Waters is still, well, Maxine Waters

    “What can we do to deal with the KKK, the white nationalists, the extremists, the alt-right?” Waters, who serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, asked during a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing. “They’re on the internet, they’re Breitbart. If you look at the YouTube, you see how much they want to kill me and others. What can we do?”

    The hearing was held to discuss small-scale and “lone-wolf” terrorist threats, with much of the focus on the financial aspects of terror plots. Seamus Hughes, deputy director for George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and former senior counterterrorism advisor for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told Waters that domestic terrorists are as much a threat as foreign-born terrorists.

    Shes worried about a few dudes who troll on the interwebs and not the actual, organized, violent movements of BAMN, Anti-Fa, and BLM…

    1. Why should she? Those are her violent movements after all.

    2. Ok, so it’s exactly like that other form of terrorism: it’s uncomfortable that it exists even though we should remember it’s pretty tiny over here, it might be worth addressing the problems that make people so radicalized, and we shouldn’t sell all of our freedoms to catch the 80 or so people out there that we need to worry about, most of whom are surrounded by FBI informants anyway

  14. After Charlottesville, Colleges Vow to Do Something. But What?

    The racist violence last month in Charlottesville, Va., only punctuated a dramatic spike in white supremacist activity on American campuses that has forced a reckoning among competing values: safety, free speech and a commitment to tolerance and diversity. Some universities, fearing further violence, have responded by squarely prioritizing safety over expression, risking a collision with the First Amendment. Others are reviewing campus safety plans or seeking to counter white supremacists’ message by starting conversations about diversity.

    “When we talk about recruitment and the potential for violence, it is because the trends tell us this is a problem,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League. “You saw it play out in Charlottesville.”

    His organization cataloged 115 incidents of white supremacist propaganda on Americans campuses between January and April, up from nine during the same four months in 2016. And domestic extremists killed more people in 2016 than in any other year except for 1995 ? the year of the Oklahoma City bombing ? since the group began keeping track of such statistics in 1970.

    We’re winning again, fellow whites, we’re winning.

    1. I would guess that included in those cases is the poop swastika at Mizzou. I’m not sure I’m willing to call that one propaganda. The rest were probably MAGA hats or things that said “Build the wall”

  15. Janet Napolitano Helped Create DACA. Now She’s Suing Her Former Agency to Try to Save It

    The lawsuit accuses the Trump Administration of failing to follow proper administrative procedures and violating the due process rights of University of California students, around 4,000 of whom are undocumented, by so quickly ending the program. The lawsuit also claims the Administration’s decision, which was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sept. 5, is not supported by reasoned decision making.

    I like how the dogpile that is DACA is being championed.

  16. OT: Hillary Clinton won’t go away and is entirely delusional

    In her new book What Happened, Hillary Clinton went after NBC’s Matt Lauer for his “Commander in Chief Forum” he held during the election.
    She explained about how upset she was that at a town hall interview that was supposed to focus on foreign policy, Lauer spent a substantial amount of time on her email scandal.

    “Now I was ticked off,” she wrote. “NBC knew exactly what it was doing here. The network was treating this like an episode of The Apprentice, in which [Donald] Trump stars and ratings soar. Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush. What a waste of time.”

    Clinton even mentioned the urge she had to take matters into her own hands.

    “I can’t say I didn’t fantasize about shaking some sense into Lauer while I was out there,” she admitted.

    She accused Lauer of giving then-candidate Trump a “soft-pedal” interview.

    “I was almost physically sick,” Clinton said.

    Yea, NBC was totally in the tank for Trump. Also: STORNG. WOMAN.

    1. Almost physically sick?

      This is the broad who passed out in oppressive 75-degree heat and had to be tossed into her van like a sack of cement.

      1. I knew someone who used to say that they “almost saw a ghost once.” My guess is this is the same thing.

    2. Hillary is the Queen of all Cunts.

  17. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I ? Vt.) is going to unveil his Medicare for All bill on Wednesday.

    Speaking of things that won’t go away…

  18. The House passes a three-month debt ceiling limit increase, tied to Hurricane Harvey aid.

    Because of course it is. And keep growing the problem because feelz.

  19. “Medicare For All” as a slogan puzzles me. But guess it’s a better slogan than the more accurate “Let’s Take an Insolvent Program and Give It Even More Unfunded Liabilities”

    1. What does he care? He’s gonna die before The Reckoning.

    2. Oh, I think Bernie intends to make it solvent through tax increases. If medical costs run up to, say, 75% of GDP, then he would have the government take 75% of your earnings (or enslave doctors and force anyone with intelligence to go into the medical field.) It will be great, I tell you.

      1. As I understand it, there are already legal limits on the number of people who can become doctors each year. So it would run counter to that to start forcing people to do it.

        1. You mean we artificially limit the supply of medical care in this country?

          I guess it’s great that the left wants to increase demand!

          1. Yeah, don’t quote me on it though. My assertion is approximately of the level of “I think I remember reading this somewhere.”

  20. Another very important message about video games today.

    On Tuesday, Ys 8 will be coming out on PS4, Vita, and PC. For those unfamiliar, Ys is an incredibly long running Action RPG ( 30th anniversary is this year ) made by a company called Nihon Falcom. This is one of those series that is crazy big in Japan but only recently has had much traction in the West. They are incredible games, and everyone should check them out. The whole series is super good.

    They are also super famous for their awesome music.

  21. Fox News Will Part Ways With Eric Bolling After Harassment Investigation

    “Fox News Channel is canceling ‘The Specialists,’ and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement.” We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.” A Huffington Post report had disclosed allegations that Bolling had sent lewd messages to colleagues via smartphone.

    On a Fifth Column podcast Moynihan made a “mushroom cap” remark that has been seared into my pitiless mind and I hope it becomes seared into your minds as well. Share my pain, gang, share my pain!

  22. “The House passed a three-month debt ceiling limit increase, . . . ”

    That Trump is one hell of a deal maker. Somehow, against all odds, he convinced Congress to continue spending more money.

    1. But he’s still so unprecedented. We’ve never seen a president like him who wants to spend a ton of money, bomb foreign countries, appoint guys from Goldman Sachs, etc.

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