A.M. Links: Las Vegas Shooter's Girlfriend Returns to U.S., Republican Senators Talk 'Bump Stock' Ban, Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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    President Donald Trump wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to start looking into "fake news."

  • "In her first public statement since the Las Vegas massacre, the gunman's girlfriend said on Wednesday that he had sent her on a trip to the Philippines and wired her money there, but that she did not know he had been planning to harm anyone."
  • Republican senators are signaling some willingness to consider gun control legislation that would ban "bump stocks."
  • Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in an ambush in Niger.
  • British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • Archeologists: Santa Claus is dead.

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  1. Archeologists: Santa Claus is dead.

    But on the third day, he will rise and become the Easter Bunny.

    1. Luckily, Tim Allen is available to take over now that Last Man Standing has been cancelled!

  2. President Donald Trump wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to start looking into “fake news.”

    That horse left the barn a couple centuries ago.

    1. Remember the Maine!

      1. Tippy Hedrin and Tyler, too!

  3. Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in an ambush in Niger.

    Niger, please.

    1. But seriously, how many Americans even know that their military is operating in most of the countries that it is? Let alone why?

      1. I sure don’t have the slightest idea WTF we’re doing in Niger but I bet it has something to do with the Amish.

        1. You best be just rutsching around, English.

        2. Drone base for Africa.

          Obama sent troops in 2013.

        3. Well, the war on terror is 16 now and decided to rumspringa to Africa for a bit.

      2. “Let alone why?”

        Hell, i’ d be happy if the president or the generals knew why.

    2. Hello.

  4. President Donald Trump wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to start looking into “fake news.”

    ATTAAACK WAAAAAAAAAAAAAATCH!

    1. Now, watch this attack.

  5. Republican senators are signaling some willingness to consider gun control legislation that would ban “bump stocks.”

    It’s just common sense… to throw them a bone.

    1. Media hype and lefty wishful dreaming.

  6. Archeologists: Santa Claus is dead.

    Bunch of archaeologists looking to get stockings full of coal in a couple months.

    1. This is why I switched fields from field archaeology to museum work. Fewer mummy curses and less chance of getting on Santa’s Naughty List.

  7. Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in an ambush in Niger.

    So, I guess we’re in Niger.

    1. Ooh. The top export of Niger is radioactive chemicals, apparently, so that’s got some fun implications.

      1. Radioactive zombie soldiers?

    2. Obama sent troops there in 2013. The USA wanted a drone base.

  8. Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in an ambush in Niger.

    Hmm. Maybe we can use this as an excuse to take over Nigeria’s oil.

    RIP. 8-(

      1. Oh, very well. NIGER’S oil.

      2. Tourism brochure: We’re Nigeria minus the ia!

    1. Black gold?

  9. Repeal the Second Amendment

    the more closely one looks at what passes for “common sense” gun laws, the more feckless they appear. Americans who claim to be outraged by gun crimes should want to do something more than tinker at the margins of a legal regime that most of the developed world rightly considers nuts. They should want to change it fundamentally and permanently.

    There is only one way to do this: Repeal the Second Amendment.

    From The Times’ conservative writer. Enjoy!

    1. There is only one way to stop hate speech: Repeal the First Amendment.

      1. The First Amendment is quaint and curious. Ditch it.

        1. Somebody made a joke weeks back about these lefty twerps hating law and the Constitution.

          What the lefties are too dumb to realize is that law and the constitution protects them from gun owning Americans who might otherwise forcefully get rid of these usurpers.

      2. There is only one way to stop peaceful protests from turning violent: ban the freedom of assembly.

      3. Trump should feed his building impulse by commissioning a new Tower of Babel. It’ll provide lots of new temporary employment and then, when God knocks it down for our hubris, solve our ‘hate speech’ issue as we won’t be able to understand each others’ slurs any longer!

    2. Wow. The peak derp ceiling has been raised.

      1. He actually raises some good points, then … POW!!

      2. Peak Derp is truly a myth.

    3. “Something more” like total war against gun owners.

      1. I think that is about as wise as picking fights with people who buy ink by the barrel.

  10. President Donald Trump wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to start looking into “fake news.”

    Starting with *this* release?

  11. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s Female Writers Read Thank-You Notes to Hillary Clinton

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hosted Hillary Clinton on Wednesday and, in honor of her being Hillary Clinton, had its female writers read their very own thank-you notes to the former secretary of State. Promised Jasmine Pierce, “Call me day or night, and I will be there with a gallon of ice cream and two spoons to tell you, ‘Girl, you are so much better than him.'” Joked Clinton, “You might get the call!”

    Seriously.

    1. It pays to have not been invested in the idea that Trump was the unserious candidate.

    2. This is why I honestly don’t find Fox News to be that ridiculous. They are, for the most part, no worse than anybody else. This doesn’t mean they’re not fucking terrible, just that everybody else is just as bad.

      1. You’re comparing it to a late night talk show… but otherwise, I agree.

    3. They’re normalizing Hillary Clinton!

    4. I don’t watch late night, but I had the sense that Fallon’s was the sole non-politicised show. Oh well.

      1. He could only do jokey skits for so long before execs demanded that he politicize his show.

        1. He took so much flack for having Trump on in a friendly way. He’s been repenting for awhile on that.

    5. Is it just possible to not give politicians of any stripe tongue baths?

      I despair of what percentage of the American people are still worthy of being citizens of a republic.

    6. Promised Jasmine Pierce, “Call me day or night, and I will be there with a gallon of ice cream and two spoons to tell you, ‘Girl, you are so much better than him.'”

      ModernFeminism.txt

      Forget the 2nd Amendment, time to repeal the 19th. Michelle “Angry Eyebrows” Obama claimed the women who voted against Hillary only did it due to pressure from the husbands, which is pretty much the same argument that the anti-suffragettes made against giving women the vote. Meanwhile, the women who voted for Hillary clearly cannot handle even the slightest setback in their life without inhaling buckets of sugary snacks and bottles of alcohol.

    7. Hillary Clinton is the greatest, isn’t she?

      Almost one year after failing at becoming president for the second time, the media wants to keep Hillary relevant.

    8. How do the late night ratings compare to prior years? Once Leno was gone, I stopped watching any shows after 11:30pm because they were so terrible (un funny) and biased.

      1. Leno was funny?

        I still add in a category for tv and movies “little was available at the time” along with standard categories of good/funny and bad/unfunny.

        Most tv and movies are just plain bad.

        1. Leno was funny?

          Compared to the shill pundits running the shows these days, Leno was probably the last real comedian late night host. There’s a reason Kimmel hates his guts, and it’s not because Leno wasn’t funny, it was because he didn’t become a bitter left-wing hack like Letterman did once he moved to CBS.

          I know Leno gets a lot of hate for his power plays against Letterman and Conan, but when you look at the actual ratings, he was simply a better late night host for that time slot. Letterman parlayed the fallout over his conflict with Leno into an initial ratings bump on the Late Show before Leno proceeded to kick his ass for the next 20 years, while Conan’s “smart-ass college newspaper writer” style of humor was never going to go over with the grey-hairs that watched the Tonight Show.

          1. I couldn’t stand Leno, Letterman, or Conan.

            I can’t stand the current group of tv hosts. Tv is just mostly garbage and luckily ratings are finally catching up to how unpopular these shows are. I think airports/bars/households letting their TVs run just give inaccurately high ratings.

            1. Eh, probably not. Ratings only get counted if you have Nielsen box. They then extrapolate from those numbers.

    9. A GALLON of ice cream? No one’s ever heard of portion control?

  12. Teacher-student sex law should be tougher, Minnesota prosecutor says

    A county prosecutor in Minnesota is trying to change a state law that allows teachers to avoid criminal charges if a student with whom they have sexual relations is age 18 or older.

    “Once a student turns 18, our law is silent. And I think that law should be changed,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom told KARE 11.

    Currently in Minnesota, even if the sexual contact happens on school grounds, as long as the student is 18 years old and the act is consensual, “it’s not against the law,” Backstrom said.

    When a mother who suspected her 18-year-old son of having sex with a female teacher alerted authorities, she was informed by a detective that it “would not be criminal,” citing the student’s age, KARE 11 reported.

    1. “I was shocked,” the student’s mother told KARE 11. “I called the Minnesota Department of Education, and they informed me there was no law broken and there would be no investigation.”

      The lack of action has made her concerned for her son’s well-being, she said, and left her feeling “powerless.”

      “There’s just no way of protecting them,” she said.

      He is 18! Mothers are the worst.

      1. He needs to get away from her as quick as possible.

        1. Or at least invite her to join in.

          1. Is… is having a threesome with your mom something you’ve thought about, Rich?

            1. Yet, ironically, a threesome with your dad is ok?

              1. Shower With Your Dad Simulator was the game that most closely matched my childhood.

      2. To be fair to the kid, it was October Fest.

  13. Dozens of men banned from county’s parks due to rampant sex acts

    More than 25 men who were caught on video performing “explicit sex acts in public,” have been banned from all parks in Martin County, sheriff’s officials say.

    After receiving complaints about people openly having sex and naked men running along the boardwalk at Joe’s River Park, 3500 NE Ocean Blvd., in Stuart, deputies set up hidden cameras, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook posting Wednesday.

    The surveillance resulted in the arrest of 44 people for performing lewd sexual acts in public, the sheriff’s office said.

    The enforcement effort was dubbed “Operation Mangrove.”

    Now, 26 people have been given trespass warnings and another two dozen are expected to get the warnings soon. The warnings mean they can be arrested if spotted in any Martin County public park, sheriff’s officials said.

    According to officials, hidden cameras will be placed in any park where complaints are received about sexual acts taking place.

    The fuck?

    1. Is “Rampant Sex Act” not the name of an alt-punk outfit?

    2. “Operation Mangrove.”

      HAHAHAHAHAAA!!

      1. I just got that. Delightful!

    1. thats actually a lot less……..unhinged as I thought it would be.

      1. It just read like actual reporting.

    1. I’ll take these 72% of Americans seriously the day they give up their washers and driers.

  14. Feminism, Not Hugh Hefner, Liberated Sex

    We rightly use the First Amendment to defend expression, but “it’s legal” isn’t the last word on whether it has value. After we invoke the importance of free speech?and the courts, in their wisdom, have declared many things speech that don’t involve words, like stripping and flag burning and (we’ll see) baking cakes?we can still critique the actual content. Does it enlarge our perspective, does it make for wisdom, is it just or beautiful, does it help us to be better people, more interesting, or even just more amusing? Why is it so hard to ask what kind of a world we make when we hail as heroic a man who saw women as a pair of implanted breasts with a sell-by date of their 25th birthday? It’s a conversation that Hugh Hefner did a great deal to suppress. It’s too late for Marilyn, but not for us. Now that he’s dead, let’s talk.

    A Hugh Hefner-related think piece!

    1. Now that he’s dead, let’s talk.

      No thanks, i’m good.

    2. Ugh, lord, conservative progressives. The worst.

    3. This has been an interesting conflict within the leftist community for decades. A lot of the anti-pornography activism of some feminists in the last 40 years was largely a reaction to the realization that the liberalization of sexual norms for many “left-wing” men, simply meant that those men considered them to be little more than fuck-toys, a tool to be used to subvert the traditional moral consensus of early-mid 20th century that placed family stability above individual hedonism. Their motivation boiled down to “Smash the white western racist patriarchy by being a raging slut!!”, and it was only after a lot of these women were pumped and dumped that they started to recognized the disconnect.

      Many of these same women, of course, want it both ways–the freedom to be a cum-dumpster when it suits them, while expecting men to treat them as equals and give them the same level of respect. The problem is that, unless you’re a bonobo chimp, most males aren’t going to view a woman who gives it up without much hesitation as an equal of any sort.

      1. What you point out is just one of the many flaws with women. They think men will treat women who are not equals as equals.

        Many women want men to treat them as princesses and then whores all in the same day but only when the women want this to happen.

        Some women want to bitch about “inequality” in the workplace but few women go into plumbing, septic, pest control, or other dirty or dangerous jobs. The military would be an exception except that most women cannot pass the same basic fitness standards as men.

        Pretty much anything passive-aggressive to get their way.

        Most women are just functioning crazy.

        1. Many women want men to treat them as princesses and then whores all in the same day but only when the women want this to happen.

          Pretty curious what your definition of princess and a whore are.

  15. Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in an ambush in Niger.

    Non-interventionist like whoa.

      1. Obama sent troops to Niger in 2013.

        Ooops. Not so MAGA.

  16. Team Pence Dreams of a ‘Purge’

    Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, held a meeting with major Republican donors and suggested that they conduct a “purge” ? his word ? of Republican officeholders who are not entirely and enthusiastically on board with the Trump agenda. That raises the question: What, exactly, is the Trump agenda?

    It’s to piss off the left! YEAH!

    1. Why don’t you give up NR for HuffPo, cuck.

        1. Not you – KDW.

  17. Archeologists: Santa Claus is dead.

    “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
    And Mourners to and fro”

  18. Photograph of Marilou Danley in Dubai. Wait a minute… WHAT????

    Yeah, absolutely nothing even the slightest bit suspicious about THAT whatsoever, am I right? Every Nevada cocktail waittress and hostess I’ve ever known goes to Dubai all the time!

    1. CNN is reporting that he left a note, but police aren’t revealing the contents other than saying it wasn’t a suicide note. The also say he may have had help planning the attack.

      1. CNN is participating in the media cover-up imo.

        1. Along with everyone else in the mainstream media.

          1. ITS A SEKRET PLOT FROM THE CLINTONS!

            1. The only thing the Clintons know how to do these days is lose elections– twice.

      2. I bet the note probably has some juicy clues as to the motive. I’ll be charitable and assume that they have a very good reason for not revealing the contents yet. They’re probably still tracking his other associates, which I’m pretty sure is going to take quite some time.

        As far this smiling, kindly-looking old “me know nothing” Filipino lady, she’s lying through those pearly whites of hers. Excessive amounts of unexplained international travel is pretty much one of the biggest red flags there is for someone who’s up to no good. Especially for someone who’s supposedly a glorified cocktail waitress.

        1. Have to disagree with both.

          (1) If Paddock had associates, they know they are associates and they know to scatter like the wind — whether there was a note in his room or not. Holding it “private” doesn’t do anything to change their behavior.

          (2) She was a Filipino native and Australian citizen who lived in the U.S. I know (non-terrorist) people like this and they are all over the fucking world all the time. It would be perfectly normal for someone from this background to be in Dubai — hell, it could have been on a layover — and go to the Phillipines to visit her family.

          1. It would be perfectly normal for someone from this background to be in Dubai — hell, it could have been on a layover — and go to the Phillipines to visit her family.

            Except when they do it the day before their boyfriend opens fire on a concert venue after wiring $100K to that person overseas.

            1. In addition, I’m sitting here looking at a map of the world right now, and it doesn’t seem very likely to me at all that a flight from either the western U.S. or Australia to Manila would have a layover in Dubai.

              1. You can go either way.

                14 hours across Pacific or 20+ hours the other direction.

            2. Who says the picture from Dubai is from her trip to the Phillipines. Who knows when it’s from.

              1. And I have the exact same question now I had a few hours ago: what exactly is a glorified casino cocktail waitress living in Reno doing in Dubai of all places?

                1. She wasn’t just a job description. She was an Australian Filipino American. You must never have traveled much, these types of people travel all over just because.

      3. The also say he may have had help planning the attack

        This isn’t out of the realm of possibility. I’ve read some comments from someone worked there, and as they pointed out, Mandalay Bay is a massive hotel, with a labyrinthine network of underground tunnels that the workers travel though. As long as you look like you’re there for work purposes, most people won’t think twice about seeing a strange person wandering around. It wouldn’t take someone with knowledge of the layout much effort to cause havoc and disappear before the police had time to get on site and engage, especially if the hotel doesn’t lock down the elevators.

    2. A lot of rich people vacation in Dubai. The shooter was rich (reportedly.)

      1. I dunno. $100,000 doesn’t scream “rich” when you know you’re going to die in a day or so.

  19. Trump said he wants to bail out Puerto Rico. His budget head says he didn’t mean it.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/…..story.html

    1. But did he Tweet it?

      You lefties and your TDS.

      1. The banker hacks in his administration probably shit a brick when he said that.

        1. Maybe but any bailout of Puerto Rico is a drop in the bucket compared to most other wasteful government spending.

          Puerto Rico is a welfare state and everyone familiar with the place knows that. Its one of the main reasons why P.R. cannot be a state.

        2. Trump definitely has a bad habit of shooting from the hip and saying some really stupid things without thinking them through.

          The problem is if we bail out Puerto Rico, then Illinois, California, and every other irresponsible deep blue shithole in America will be lined up from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other with their hat in hand.

          And then there’s the question of what it would do to the whole government bond market. It isn’t just bankers and rapacious Wall Street billionaires that are invested in these bonds, a lot of ordinary people have them as part of their portfolios and don’t even know it.

          1. The problem is if we bail out Puerto Rico, then Illinois, California, and every other irresponsible deep blue shithole in America will be lined up from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other with their hat in hand.

            You’re probably right about these other states, but I still think the best thing to do would be to do a debt jubilee, provide the territorial government with a modest rebuilding grant so we can nominally claim that we’re not leaving them destitute, and then immediately give the island its independence. Puerto Rico is a dead-weight territory and it’s better that it wallow in its own Haiti-style corruption and dysfunction rather than continue to sponge off of the US.

            1. I still think the best thing to do would be to do a debt jubilee

              So all the responsible people who saved for the future get wiped out, while all the irresponsible people up to their eyeballs in debt get a huge windfall.

              Yeah, THAT’s a good plan.

              1. So all the responsible people who saved for the future get wiped out, while all the irresponsible people up to their eyeballs in debt get a huge windfall.

                Like a lot of issues, you clearly don’t understand how a debt jubilee works.

          2. As to the bond market, I agree that there would be a short-term hit, but the long-term benefits of not having PR under our umbrella anymore far outweigh the negatives of that short-term hit. The bond market would adjust and it would no longer be weighed down by the dysfunction of the PR government.

  20. Republican senators are signaling some willingness to consider gun control legislation that would ban “bump stocks.”
    This is media hype and lefty wishful dreaming.

    Gun control around the USA is being rolled back, so no Democrat gun grabbing will become law.

  21. Trump says Obama should have banned more guns while President:

    Post-Vegas, Conway blames Obama’s ATF

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway blamed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the Obama administration Thursday for not regulating bump fire stocks, also known as bump stocks, though it’s not clear the bureau had the authority to do so.

  22. What in the fucking fuck were our guys doing in that fucking shithole of a goddamn 3rd world cesspool?

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