A Record-Setting White Christmas in Erie, Putin Critic Barred from Running Against Him, Cities Sue over Pentagon's Failure to Report Convictions to FBI: P.M. Links

|

  • Alexei Navalny
    Fadeichev Sergei/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    Erie, Penn., had a whiter-than-thou Christmas with a two-day snowfall accumulation of 53 inches, a record for the state.

  • Frequent Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been barred from running against Putin because of fraud charges he says are political retribution. He's calling for a boycott of the election.
  • New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have filed a federal lawsuit over the Pentagon's lapses in reporting criminal convictions for people in the military to the FBI's database used for background checks for gun purchases.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune named Sen. Orrin Hatch as its "Utahn of the Year." Hatch tweeted out his appreciation for this "honor" possibly without reading it and realizing that this commentary was not actually praising him at all but is actually calling for his career as a senator to end in 2018.
  • A British woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for "smuggling" in prescription painkillers that are legal in her home country but banned in Egypt.
  • A Utah police officer punched through the ice of a frozen pond to rescue an 8-year-old boy on Christmas Day.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to sign up for Reason's daily updates for more content.

NEXT: Feeding the Homeless? There Could Be a Law Against That!

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Erie, Penn., had a whiter-than-thou Christmas with a two-day snowfall accumulation of 53 inches, a record for the state.

    Let’s face it, God does not want Erie to live.

    1. Hello.

    2. During editing “Stay out of Erie. I dump excess snow there.” was dropped from the Bible.

    3. I was smoking so much weed when I read that and thought everyone was talking about Jamaicans being all…
      Irie Irie, mon.

  2. A Utah police officer punched through the ice of a frozen pond to rescue an 8-year-old boy on Christmas Day.

    Finally the world will see the value of roid rage.

    1. He was out of ammunition after shooting the boy’s dog.

      1. Why did the cops throw the kid in the pond to begin with?

  3. Hatch tweeted out his appreciation for this “honor” possibly without reading it and realizing that this commentary was not actually praising him at all but is actually calling for his career as a senator to end in 2018.

    Maybe Hatch’s tweet was also sarcastic.

    1. Hatch is a few “O” rings short of a rocket…

    2. Side note: Orin Hatch defeated his opponent back in 1976 by criticizing Moss’s 18-year tenure in the Senate, saying “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home”.

      Hatch has been in the US Senate ever since.

      1. The Hatchimal.

  4. He’s calling for a boycott of the election.

    In Russia, election defraud you.

  5. Frequent Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been barred from running against Putin because of fraud charges he says are political retribution. He’s calling for a boycott of the election.

    Boycott erection day? Sad!

    1. That’s part of the patriarchy.

    2. I don’t think you would get a bunch of carpenters to drop their wood for that holiday.

  6. New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have filed a federal lawsuit over the Pentagon’s lapses in reporting criminal convictions for people in the military to the FBI’s database used for background checks for gun purchases.

    It’s a tragedy when government databases fail.

    1. Yet, when the Administration tries to clarify the use of language in government databases so that searches all pull up all the proper records, the media frames it as “banning diversity!”…

  7. A British woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for “smuggling” in prescription painkillers that are legal in her home country but banned in Egypt.

    WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THESE COUNTRIES. Come to America where this kind of thing could never happen.

    1. If it happened in America she’d pay a $500 administrative fine and be on the next plane home.

  8. A British woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for “smuggling” in prescription painkillers that are legal in her home country but banned in Egypt.

    The painkillers weren’t halal?

    1. Of course they ban painkillers. What good is torture if you can’t feel it?

  9. A Utah police officer punched through the ice of a frozen pond to rescue an 8-year-old boy on Christmas Day.

    In this case, punching down is a commendable thing to do.

    1. Its nice to cops put those death blows they learned in the police academy to a use other than killing black men.

  10. A Utah police officer punched through the ice of a frozen pond to rescue an 8-year-old boy on Christmas Day.

    The amazing part of this story being that he didn’t demand a blood sample and arrest a nurse.

    1. Or shoot the kid for assaulting him with ice water.

  11. Rant:

    After working on my day off last week; slaving and toiling and sweating and depleting my precious bodily fluids on Christmas Eve, I was awakened from much needed beauty sleep this morning by a phone call. From my beloved employer, who was desiring my presence. As this was my scheduled day off, I declined his invitation. Why was I being called? Because one of my millennial co-workers went home ‘sick’ because his legs were achy.

    Fuck that guy.

    /end rant

    1. Millennials are the WORST. We should re-legalize child labor and fire them all.

    2. “depleting my precious bodily fluids on Christmas Eve”

      Apparently Santa isn’t the only one who comes once a year.

      1. The Easter bunny does it too?! Explains those gooey yellow peeps….

    3. That millennial is probably too young to even get the “I’m not even supposed to be here today!” reference as you hang a sheet on the window and write on it in shoe polish…

  12. If the coyotes hadn’t eaten her she would’ve lived just long enough to be

    run over by a train

    1. Bancroft advises hikers to be alert and leave their iPods at home.

      Canuck coyotes prefer Apple products.

  13. WHITE MAN BEHIND SCHOOL SHOOTING WAS OBSESSED WITH TRUMP AND HITLER

    Odd headline.

    http://www.newsweek.com/willia…..ine-749363

    Shooter William Edward Atchison joked about the Columbine school shooting in Colorado, where 13 people were killed, and posted violent and pro-Hitler thoughts in pro-Trump and alt-right forums, sometimes cribbing the name of Adam Lanza, who fatally shot 20 elementary school students in Newtown, Conn., according to The Daily Beast, before his December 7 attack at Aztec High School.

    1. Finally, concrete evidence linking Trump to Hitler.

      1. And thanks to the Hitler-Stalin Pact, we can also link Trump to Russia.

        It all fits together!

        1. Finally, the evidence of Russian collusion needed for impeachment.

          1. Something tells me that Buttplug will be pushing for an impeachment vote any day now.

  14. Happy Boxing Day, everybody!

    Anybody get any good boxes?

    1. I put my money on the kangaroo.

      1. But did you put the money IN the kangaroo, like using the pouch as a mailslot?

        1. I thought that was for trash. No wonder I was ejected from the zoo.

          1. No, it’s because you’re a rat.

              1. (Norway rat) Females experience a six-hour period of estrus, during which they mate as many as 500 times with multiple competing males.

  15. “Frequent Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been barred from running against Putin because of fraud charges he says are political retribution.”

    In Russia, election upsets you.

    1. Russia used to throw political critics into asylums. Now they just ban them from running. Sad.

      1. In Mother Russia the elections ban you.

  16. “Hatch tweeted out his appreciation for this “honor” possibly without reading it and realizing that this commentary was not actually praising him at all but is actually calling for his career as a senator to end in 2018.”

    He tweeted: tl;dr

  17. “Erie, Penn., had a whiter-than-thou Christmas with a two-day snowfall accumulation of 53 inches, a record for the state.”

    Dear Pennsylvania,
    Well, well, well. You just *had* to have that little thumb of land to get you water access to Lake Erie, didn’t you? You don’t get to complain about lake effect snow.

  18. A British woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for “smuggling” in prescription painkillers that are legal in her home country but banned in Egypt.

    RTFA

    300 tablets she didn’t have a prescription for and was intending to deliver an Egyptian national. SLD applies but that is drug smuggling. The “I’m just a ditzy broad” defense didn’t work either. The worst part is the pills were Tramadol. You can’t get high on Tramadol. That shit is more worthless than Darvon.

  19. Jackson Magnolia to be cut down. How’s Twitter taking the news?

    1. “I didn’t chop down that tree, I have people to do that stuff for me. The best tree-choppers since Washington. Or Paul Bunyan. Too bad the tree used to belong to Andy Jackson, he was a great guy, the best.”

    2. I’m shocked the articles didn’t claim Melania is having it cut down to clear the view from her favorite window. Or that she was trying to preserve it because she idolizes Andrew Jackson’s decision to move the Natives against the ruling of the SCOTUS and desperately wants to preserve it as a testament to the Trail of Tears.

  20. New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have filed a federal lawsuit over the Pentagon’s lapses in reporting criminal convictions for people in the military to the FBI’s database used for background checks for gun purchases.
    Seeing how any infringement of American’s right to keep and bare arms violates the 2nd Amendment, I don’t see how Commifornia, New York and Crapidelphia have any standing to sue.

    1. No one shall infringe my right to wear t-shirts!

    2. Commifornia isn’t. San Francisco is.

  21. I’ll never understand why people travel to shit middle eastern countries on purpose.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.