U.S. Returning Nuclear Bombers to 24-Hour Alert, Jimmy Carter Says Media Treat Trump Harsher, 'Czech Donald Trump' Wins: A.M. Links

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    The United States will bring its nuclear bombers back to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1981.

  • Former president Jimmy Carter says the media have been harder on President Trump than his predecessors.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bemoaned rich youth who got bone spur deferments to avoid the draft for the war in Vietnam, widely interpreted as a broadside aimed at Trump.
  • The five living former presidents appeared on stage together in Texas for a fundraiser for hurricane victims.
  • Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, dubbed the "Czech Donald Trump," will work on forming a cabinet after his party won parliamentary elections.
  • The party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won big in elections in Japan, likely securing Abe's premiership through 2021.

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  1. The United States will bring its nuclear bombers back to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1981.

    Trump is really taking his trolling seriously.

    1. Hello.

      “Former president Jimmy Carter says the media has been harder on President Trump than his predecessors.”

      Really? I hadn’t noticed. Where would we be without Jimmy?

      1. Jimmuh Cahtuh may have been a lame president and an annoying ex-president, but he legalized good beer, and for that he is forgiven much.

        1. He also legalized IPAs.

          1. True. But if you’re not free to have terribly wrong beer preferences, you’re not free.

            1. You fucking people. Still trying to blame your deficiencies in taste on others.

      2. I read some rather tame quotes from him about the media and the Russia investigation recently; the cynical side of me would say he’s being nice to Trump to get that trip to North Korea, since Trump seems to be all about how people treat HIM. Then again, at 90+ years old, maybe he just thinks “who needs this sh**?”.

        1. Carter is historically a bad president.

          Carter the ex-president has enjoyed brokering peace deals and probably wants to continue this until he dies.

          Carter helped make North Korea what it is today and peace with North Korea is not possible without the regime being gutted.

          You can only have peace through superior firepower so socialists cannot take what you have.

  2. Former president Jimmy Carter says the media has been harder on President Trump than his predecessors.

    Senility has apparently set in.

    1. Nobody wants to be the person to smack a senior citizen to remind them to toe the line.

  3. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bemoaned rich youth who got bone spur deferments to avoid the draft for the war in Vietnam, widely interpreted as a broadside aimed at Trump.

    As long as you don’t specifically @ Trump it won’t appear on his Twitter feed and he won’t notice.

    1. Oh, all of a sudden Fox & Friends doesn’t exist?

    2. What about sons and grandsons of 4 star admirals who get to be pilots when they crash airplanes?

      1. I dunno. I think avoiding a stupid war reveals a much higher IQ than does pulling strings to get into a risky profession.

        Kerry split the difference. His brilliant plan to serve in patrol boats far from the action unraveled when they changed tactics.

    3. Trump probably has an underling reading this website, among others, and reporting to him. If so, “Fuck you”!

  4. The United States will bring its nuclear bombers back to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1981.

    MAGA!

    1. So, North Korea has a Doom’s Day Machine?

      1. So, North Korea has a Doom’s Day Machine?

        United States Ambassador: “Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret!” Why didn’t you tell the world, EH?

        North Korean Ambassador: “It was to be announced at the Party Congress on Monday. As you know, the Suryeong loves surprises.”

  5. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bemoaned rich youth who got bone spur deferments to avoid the draft for the war in Vietnam

    Jesus Christ, shut the fuck up, you ancient totalitarian goon.

    1. When you’re an ancient totalitarian goon you run at the mouth. It’s what you do. When you want to save 15% on car insurance …

      1. …you dig McCain’s phylactery.

  6. Former president Jimmy Carter says the media has been harder on President Trump than his predecessors.

    Trump is even causing division between former presidents.

  7. The five living former presidents appeared on stage together in Texas for a fundraiser for hurricane victims.

    Just like the Backstreet Boys.

    1. Except somehow even less relevant.

    2. W is the bad boy and Barack is the pretty one?

      1. Just don’t tell Bill he isn’t the pretty one or he won’t come out on stage.

        1. Bill is the talented one – he is the presidential version of Timberlake, of Lachey, of Sisqo, etc.

        2. + or -1 saxophone

          1. +1 saxophone – bad sax is better than no sax at all.

    3. So we have to pay to make them leave?

      1. Don’t worry, we’re still paying them.

    4. if there’s a merciful God then they won’t break into a chorus of “We are the world”

  8. Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Donald Trump”

    It’s because he’s on his third marriage to an American model.

  9. The five living former presidents appeared on stage together

    Did they play seven bridges road?

    1. More like The Traveling Wilburys singing “At the End of the Line”.

  10. Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Donald Trump”…

    Obrovsk?!

  11. Former president Jimmy Carter says the media has been harder on President Trump than his predecessors.

    But muh narrative!

    Is this the moment that Jimmy Carter finds himself turned on and devoured by the New New Left?

    1. Phrasing!

      1. It was not my intention to out Jimmy Carter as being into vore, but it’s too late to put that genie back into the bottle, isn’t it.

        1. It all went down hill as a child when he started having recurring dreams where he was consumed by a peanut and kept safely inside of it’s shell.

          Vore-fiends ruin everything.

  12. The party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won big in elections in Japan…

    By promising a tentacle monster in every pot.

    1. Don’t they already have that? What do you call calamari?

  13. Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Donald Trump”

    Calling other people the [nationality]-Trump really seems to weaken argument that it’s something uniquely wrong with the US that got us to Trump.

  14. Don’t put Vicks VapoRub in your vagina

    It turns out that people are putting Vicks VapoRub both on their vulva (that’s the outer bits of the genitals ? the labia and clitoris) and inside their vagina. This is not a good idea.

    The reasons people are applying VapoRub to their genitals are mixed.

    Somehow it gets worse.

    1. The reasons people are applying VapoRub to their genitals are mixed.

      It’s to repel centipedes, obviously.

    2. This is America, land of the free. We’ll put anything we damn well please into our vaginas.

    3. The illustrations are something.

    4. Let’s start with the sexual pleasure thing.

      Nice pickup line.

    5. I prefer jalapeno juice.

      1. I prefer Vap-o-rub & jalapeno sauce free vaja-ja…but a little crack cocaine is a nice touch…

  15. Trump Caves on Ethanol
    The biofuels lobby overwhelms a core campaign promise.

    The bipartisan pull of corporate welfare?also known as the swamp?is powerful. Last week it swallowed up no less than Donald Trump and his fearless Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt. They caved under pressure from the ethanol lobby and political extortion from Republican Senators Joni Ernst, Deb Fischer and Chuck Grassley.

    Mr. Pruitt announced Thursday that EPA won’t reduce its proposed 19.24 billion gallon biofuels quota for 2018, and may even increase it. The EPA will further consider giving biofuels a pass to pollute that no other industry enjoys, via what’s known as a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for high-ethanol blends.

    As bad, the EPA announced it will keep intact a compliance credit scheme that benefits global and integrated oil companies and ethanol producers at the expense of smaller independent refiners and manufacturers. “Renewable identification numbers,” or RINs, are a credit created each time a gallon of ethanol is mixed with fuel. The EPA requires refiners to use RINs as proof of compliance with biofuel standards, and credits can be bought or sold.

    https://goo.gl/6gHiu6

    “Drain the swamp”? Idiot deplorables done in by the Con Man!

      1. I don’t apologize.

        APOLOGIES ARE FOR LOSERS!

        1. APOLOGIES ARE FOR LOSERS!

          +1 Little Miss Sunshine

        2. This shithead posted about 30 times on the Weinstein thread sucking Harvey’s balls.

          1. That’s why i made sure to point out that shreek is a rape apologist.

            Because he is.

            1. To be fair, he only defends lefty rapists.

              I would bet that he considers anything sexual that Trump does as rape and he would never defend Trump’s actions.

    1. I believe there was only one primary candidate who acted at all wishy-washy on the issue of continuing ADM’s welfare checks in Iowa, and it wasn’t Trump.

    2. “Idiot deplorables done in by the Con Man!”

      He left office year and you’re still shilling for him.
      A loser and a sucker, turd.

    3. Wait!!
      Burning food for fuel has to be a good idea!
      It’s not like anyone could actually eat corn.

    4. Meanwhile Mexicans go hungry and want to work in the USA. Go figure.

    5. You know who else wanted to drain the swamp?

  16. Can’t be bothered to floss? Seven percent of people use strands of hair to dislodge food between their teeth and others aren’t afraid to use safety pins, reveals survey

    Seven percent of people use strands of hair to dislodge food from between their teeth, new research reveals.

    Despite putting themselves at risk of pain, 61 percent use their fingernails, 40 percent folded paper, 21 percent cutlery and 14 percent safety pins as makeshift ‘floss’, a survey found.

    Some eight percent of people never floss, despite its proven benefits at removing harmful bacteria, preventing gum sensitivity and stopping bad breath, the research adds.

    More than half of those who do not floss claim they cannot fit the oral-hygiene habit into their busy schedules, the survey found.

    Some nine percent find the practice too disgusting to do, while others blame forgetfulness, laziness, pain and expense, the research adds.

    Madness.

    1. Seven percent of people use strands of hair to dislodge food from between their teeth, new research reveals.

      I have so many questions.

      1. Seven percent of people are severely buck-toothed.

      2. I use pubic hair.

        1. while still attached…

    2. 90% of these statistics are made up.

      1. and the other 11% are false…

    3. “Some eight percent of people never floss, despite its proven benefits at removing harmful bacteria, preventing gum sensitivity and stopping bad breath, the research adds.”

      Just last year it was revealed that the benefits of flossing had indeed never been documented by verifiable studies.

    4. I use either a folded post-it note or a cubicle wall tack when I get food stuck in my teeth at work. Like with cotton swabs in the ears, it’s not painful if you’re careful.

      1. I use either a folded post-it note or a cubicle wall tack when I get food stuck in my teeth at work.

        Have you never heard of these? I keep mine in my front pocket wallet, like someone who isn’t a garbage person.

        1. Why on Earth would I spend money on something I can get for free?

      2. I use a splintered chopstick.

      3. what do you use to get the little pieces of paper out from between your teeth?

        1. That’s when I use the tack.

      4. the folded post-it note is the way to go.

    5. “Strands of hair to dislodge food”

      *throws up forever*

      1. Seriously that is the grossest thing I’ve ever read on here. Congratulations, Crusty

  17. The White-Minstrel Show

    The “alpha male” posturing, the valorizing of underclass dysfunction, the rejection of “elite” tastes and manners ? right-wing populism in the age of Trump is a lot like Bruce Springsteen’s act, once acidly (and perfectly) described as a “white minstrel show.”

    COCKTAIL PARTIESSSSSSSS!!!!!

    1. SOMEBODY’S never even heard of country music.

      1. Shake your head at rap music all you like: When’s the last time you heard a popular country song about finishing up your master’s in engineering at MIT?

        1. I guess i been meaning to actually, you know, read the article.

        2. God help you if you should ever attend a cocktail party in Georgetown, the favorite dumb trope of conservative talk-radio hosts.

          Shots fired!

        3. ok, but country music has been known to cross cultural divides

      2. SOMEBODY’S never even heard of country music.

        Or cracker culture.

        1. I read the article and it turns out that’s exactly what it’s about.

          1. I tried to read/skim it over the weekend but it’s soooooo long-winded and meandering. Maybe it is about cracker culture but I didn’t see him specifically call it out as such so much as pimp his favorite topics: linking rubes with Trump and shaming them for their tendency to stay in place.

            1. linking rubes with Trump and shaming them for their tendency to stay in place.

              That’s not what the piece is about.

              1. Fair enough. Those were bits my eye landed on & I remember him going on at some length in the past about those things. Maybe I’ll read the whole thing sometime.

              2. Crusty Juggler is KDW’s mom.

                Who knew.

      3. My father preferred Robert Goulet and Fats Domino. Go figure.

  18. Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, dubbed the “Czech Donald Trump”

    He has small hands and wants to fuck his own daughter?

    1. Did you forget to switch socks?

  19. The United States will bring its nuclear bombers back to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1981.
    During the Cold War, nuclear armed bombers performed airborne alert duty under code names such as Head Start, Chrome Dome, Hard Head, Round Robin, and Operation Giant Lance. Bombers loitered near points outside the Soviet Union to provide rapid first strike or retaliation capability in case of nuclear war

    1. PEACE IS OUR PROFESSION

      1. Except when it isn’t.

  20. Goldfein, who is the Air Force’s top officer and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is asking his force to think about new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat.

    “The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” he then said, without a hint of irony or self-awareness..

    1. Birth control?

      1. genetic engineering?

  21. Sex robot inventor says he will soon have ‘children’ with his creations

    Santos’s vision of a sex robot baby involves ‘merge’ the robot’s personality and physical traits with his own attributes in a computer program to create their ‘child’s’ brain and body, that can be ‘born’ in a 3D printer.

    He said: “I can make them have a baby. It’s not so difficult. I would love to have a child with a robot. Using the brain I have already created, I would program it with a genome so he or she could have moral values, plus concepts of beauty, justice and the values that humans have.

    “To create a child with this robot it would be extremely simple. I would make an algorithm of what I personally believe about these concepts, and then shuffle it with what she thinks and then 3D print it.

    “That’s it. I 3D print the robot that is the child of me and the robot…I don’t see any complications,” he added, in conversation with The Sun.

    Oh boy.

    1. Oh boy.

      Hey now- we don’t know if in fact Santos self-identifies as girl….or a toaster oven.

    2. Spoiler alert: He stole the plot line from the new Bladerunner movie.

    3. What’s Catalan for “nuthouse”?

      1. It’s “casa de nous,” in case you were wondering if Google Translate has a Catalan function.

        1. Is that a literal translation? Computers are still pretty bad at anything that isn’t literal.

          1. I Google translate “give it to me, baby,” translated it to Catalan and back to English, and it came back “give me baby.”

            1. Doing it with English/Latin/English, “I wanna rock” comes back as “I want to sing difficult music.”

              1. Google has improved a lot in recent years. I remember the time when ‘hard rock fans’ was translated as ‘hard mineral ventilators’.

    4. “To create a child with this robot it would be extremely simple. I would make an algorithm of what I personally believe about these concepts, and then shuffle it with what she thinks and then 3D print it.

      “That’s it. I 3D print the robot that is the child of me and the robot…I don’t see any complications,” he added

      That’s a pretty dumb and insane idea of how consciousness works, Santos.

      1. I like how he just breezes through making an algorithm that neatly deals with complicated philosophical concepts that people have been struggling with for thousands of years. And seems to think that his sex bot has thoughts and beliefs of her own.

        1. Just because philosophers can’t figure something out doesn’t mean it’s complicated.

      2. it’s all just latex brother…

    5. Santos’ sex robot will suddenly be frequently feeling too tired for sex with him but miraculously never too tired to remind him for the tenth time of all the stuff still on his honey-do list. And Santos will be left to wonder what went wrong in the relationship.

      1. And it’s tired of getting up in the middle of the night to change the oil in Robot, Jr.

    6. He once 3-D printed a 3-D printer….

  22. Former president Jimmy Carter says the media has been harder on President Trump than his predecessors.

    Perhaps those people are correct when they say that Carter is angling for a diplomatic mission to Korea.

    1. or a one way to the boobie hatch

  23. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said

    “Prepared’ for *what*, exactly, General?

    1. Good tweets gone bad

  24. “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bemoaned rich youth who got bone spur deferments to avoid the draft for the war in Vietnam, widely interpreted as a broadside aimed at Trump”

    Some people might interpret McCain’s still being revealed role in disseminating the piss-gate dossier as anti-Trump, too.

    McCain is a rabid neocon, who has hated Trump, especially, since Trump started campaigning on reapprochement with Putin–specifically in regards to fighting ISIS in Syria. That’s why what Reason staff have referred to as “the deep state” had it out for Trump, too since before the inauguration. Both the neocons like McCain and the deep state didn’t want to lose turf, mandates, or the opportunity for a future invasion of Syria–and Trump was campaigning on forming a collaborative relationship with Putin to fight ISIS.

    Trump gets into office, and does exactly what he said he would do–forms a ceasefire with Putin so that the Free Syrian Army and the Kurds are no longer so distracted fighting against Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Army, and Assad, and they’re all concentrating their fight on fighting against ISIS. Trump’s policy was so effective, ISIS has been routed in Syria, and last week, our allies in the Free Syrian Army and the Kurds overran Raqqa, ISIS’ capital and their last stronghold.

    I’m sure McCain and the neocons are seething with rage–no U.S. invasion of Syria for you!

    1. Interesting take, and I agree totally. Funny how we don’t hear much about Syria at all these days.

      1. Trump’s limited ceasefire was under-reported.

        The total route of ISIS is so under-reported it’s ridiculous.

        That ISIS has now been deprived of all their territory is virtually unknown in the United States–the caliphate just isn’t what it used to be without territory.

        But the media did report on our anti-ISIS allies turning against each other now that ISIS’ is gone and their former territory is up for grabs. Of course, that’s all Trump’s fault.

        Honestly, I think the success of the ceasefire and the subsequent focus on destroying ISIS simply contradicts the Putin/Trump corruption narrative–that all contacts between Putin and Trump before the election were about collaborating to defeat St. Hillary. If Trump campaigned on doing what he did, and that ended up being a huge part of the solution to ISIS in Syria, that just screws up the whole focus of the stolen election narrative that the media has been pushing for so long.

        Still, you’d think people would know that ISIS has been routed from their last stronghold. It’s kind of a big deal.

        1. The media cannot make Trump look good. They already did that and look what happened- Trump was elected.

          Addressing how Obama spent 8 years making ISIS more powerful after Boosh’s folly opened the door for ISIS to be created is TABOO. Trump’s military policy is probably going to “defeat” ISIS like the Taliban was “defeated” like he campaigned on. He can then pull our troops out of the Syria area, Iraq and Afghanistan. All this within a few years of inauguration. This would make the left look really bad.

        2. “route”

          It’s rout. R-o-u-t. The long winded faux intellectual gimmick falls apart when you make obvious and glaring errors by using words you don’t actually know how to spell properly.

          Oh, this is where you blame spellcheck I guess.

          1. He spelled “routed” correctly so adding an “e” to rout on Reason is not enough that he deserves spelling Nazis to waste a comment space. Whatever floats your boat though.

            rout
            rout/
            verb
            past tense: routed; past participle: routed
            defeat and cause to retreat in disorder.

    2. I’m sure McCain and the neocons are seething with rage–no U.S. invasion of Syria for you!

      But they did get 4,000 more paratroopers in Afghanistan! YAY!

      1. I think we should immediately pull out of Afghanistan but I believe that Trump took the advice of military brass to send some more US troops to stabilize the situation, like Trump campaigned on, and then US troops will be withdrawn.

        1. You believe a lot of things.

          1. I have been right on quite a few of those things relating to Trump.

            Quite a few of your beliefs about Trump have been proven wrong.

            Keep on keeping on!

            1. I can’t wait to find out what you think i believe about Trump!

              1. I am sure you have already said.

                Since you double down against anything trump does well, you will continue to be wrong- a lot.

  25. Megyn Kelly delivers pointed takedown of Fox News’ sexual harassment culture

    “O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false,” the NBC News anchor said Monday on her “Megyn Kelly Today.” “I know be cause I complained.”

    The remark came in light of a new report that Fox was aware O’Reilly had recently made a $32 million sexual harassment settlement when it signed him to a four-year renewal.

    Kelly, a former top Fox News anchor until the end of last year, recounted her own run-ins with O’Reilly and sexual harassment at Fox News.

    It’s time for a new book, Killing Fox’s Liability Insurance.

    1. What Megyn Kelly says is fascinating, and so is the corporate culture at Fox News.

      None of that is as fascinating, of course, as Trump’s tweets.

      If I had to rank them from most fascinating to least fascinating, it would be:

      Redskins vs. Eagles > Kung Fu Movies > Trump’s Tweets > What Megyn Kelly Says About Anything

        1. At least he used the proper words this time.

  26. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bemoaned rich youth who got bone spur deferments to avoid the draft for the war in Vietnam, widely interpreted as a broadside aimed at Trump.
    Clearly having a legally valid medical reason to not be shipped off to Vietnam hurts one’s chances to be president.

    Oh wait, Bill Clinton had zero legal reason to avoid the draft and instead took off to Canada. He became president.

    George W. Boosh joined the Texas Air National Guard to avoid a tour in Vietnam.

    Obama was born in 1961, supposedly in Hawaii, so they were not accepting military service for preteens. I am sure, if Obama was of age he would have accepted the draft and served in Vietnam.

    1. Oh yeah, John McCain is the son and Grandson of 4-star admirals. He joined the Navy to avoid being drafted into the infantry. He used his family’s position to get into the US Naval Academy and not be an enlisted sailor either.

      Even in a fairly safe position as Navy pilot, he was shot down. He suffered horrible torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese military.

      He then goes on to unconstitutionally legislatively okay torture by the USA, send thousands of US troops into senseless military adventures that really have zero to do with defending the USA, and then try an undermine any policy by Trump to extricate the US military from foreign quagmires like Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

      McCain has used up all the goodwill to him being a POW.

      1. This doesn’t sound safe.

        http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fu…..451820.pdf

        1. Being a Navy pilot? As far as jobs in the Navy, being a pilot is more safe than being an enlisted sailor.

          530 aircraft were lost in combat and 329 more to operational causes, resulting in the deaths of 377 naval aviators, with 64 airmen reported missing and 179 taken prisoner-of-war.

          The US Navy lost 2,559 men during the Vietnam era.

          Superficially, being a pilot in a war zone seems like the most dangerous job in the Navy. SEALS and riverine patrol lost a bunch of sailors.

  27. Nothing says logic and reason more than flying bombers from the fifties 24/7, while complaining the budget cannot support the current level of training and maintenance.
    KABS! (Keep America Broke Still)

  28. The United States will bring its nuclear bombers back to 24-hour alert for the first time since 1981.

    I guess it won’t be long before the little bitches who run our public schools make our poor 10 year old kids do the stupid-ass “duck and cover” under the desk routine again.

  29. ?Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bemoaned rich youth who got bone spur deferments to avoid the draft for the war in Vietnam, widely interpreted as a broadside aimed at Trump.

    I remember, in the past, when respected war heroes routinely blasted people who weren’t quite as darned heroic as they are.

    Fault Trump all you want…he likely is far smarter than McCain.

  30. Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come

    Reading sure is hard, ain’t it?

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