Gitmo Trial Overseer Fired, McCain Introduces Immigration Bill, More Rent Control Demanded Instead of More Housing: P.M. Links

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    The Pentagon has fired the man overseeing the trials of alleged terrorists being held in Guantanamo Bay.

  • The stock market is having kind of an off day today.
  • The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request by Pennsylvania Republican leaders to put on hold a recent decision by the state's supreme court ordering them to redraw the state's congressional districts.
  • Sens. John McCain (D-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) have introduced a bill to allow undocumented "DREAMers" to stay in the United States, but it doesn't provide funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. For that reason, President Donald Trump tweeted a pre-emptive rejection.
  • A new federally funded research study shows more evidence that legal access to medical marijuana from dispensaries correlates with a drop in opioid overdose deaths.
  • Folks who still do not grasp the laws of supply and demand are pushing for more rent controls when they should be demanding a dramatic increase in housing stock.
  • The New York Times is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to unseal and release the secret documents used as the justification to surveil Carter Page back when he was a campaign advisor to Trump.

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  1. The stock market is having kind of an off day today.

    THE MEMO IS CRASHING THE DOW

    1. Which is bad, meaning that everybody’s going to die again.

    2. Crashing like a southbound Amtrak train!

      Too soon?

      1. It’ll always be too soon, since odds are, no matter the date, an Amtrak train has crashed within the last two weeks.

    3. I guess Trump touting the stock market gains at the SOTU was the sell signal. All gains from the year are wiped out in 2 days and it looks like all gains since the election are about to go as well. Crazy shit. Today my accounts went from +2% to -2% and I’m half in cash at this point.

      1. It was a week or two ago that I watched Stuart Varney almost crap his pants on TV, absolutely giddy about the DOW breaking 26,000. He couldn’t say enough about Trump and tax decreases and the market, etc. etc. I told myself as I watched it, “okay, dude, now is the time to sell. We’re reaching irrational exuberance levels.” I’d be a rich man if I followed my own advice.

        1. I sold SVXY 129 strike puts thinking I would let them expire worthless since it usually climbs as a matter of design. When I noticed that SVXY was acting funny, I closed them (for a profit mind you, just much less than what I wanted). That was last week. I came THIS close to selling 100 strike puts today. My ask was a nickel too high and didn’t get filled. I am thanking my lucky stars. Just go look at that thing right now.

        2. SVXY and XIV may be liquidating right now. They were a huge source for shorting volatility futures, mainly by retail traders. If they do indeed liquidate, the VIX may blow up tomorrow more than it did today, which may accelerate the market selloff. We may be in the middle of a “big one” here.

      2. That’s how it usu. is, the down slope much steeper than the up slope.

        1. You’re not fooling anyone Hihn.

    4. Hello.

      No links to Philadelphians partying?

      1. They’re all burned out.

    5. I’m waiting for the Reason article pimping Bitcoin

  2. For that reason, President Donald Trump tweeted a pre-emptive rejection.

    Yeah, but come on, that doesn’t mean anything.

    1. Would you sign legislation from a guy with brain cancer?

      1. If i was chaotic neutral like Donald Trump, maybe!

        1. For that very reason I stayed with D&D basic and never went to AD&D. What the hell is chaotic good anyways?

          1. Chaotic good is Libertarian.

      2. Yes, unless his name is McCain but normally I would trust the brain cancer patient to a politician.

  3. The New York Times is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to unseal and release the secret documents used as the justification to surveil Carter Page back when he was a campaign advisor to Trump.

    Another organization working to undermine the credibility of our precious intelligence community.

    1. I sincerely hope the FISC accedes to this request.

      I suspect that the NYT doesn’t really hope for its success, and wants to use the FISC’s refusal to bash Trump.

      Presumably Trump could declassify, but the decision to unseal and release would rest with the court, not the executive. However, it would still make for good anti-Trump propaganda.

  4. The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request by Pennsylvania Republican leaders to put on hold a recent decision by the state’s supreme court ordering them to redraw the state’s congressional districts.

    It’s slave labor, really.

  5. Sens. John McCain (D-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) have introduced a bill to allow undocumented “DREAMers” to stay in the United States…

    The takeaway here is that Shackleford likes to use scarequotes around pleasant euphemisms for illegals. He knows how to play the Reason cocktail party game.

    1. D-AZ, huh?

      1. Might as well be.

  6. A new federally funded research study shows more evidence that legal access to medical marijuana from dispensaries correlates with a drop in opioid overdose deaths.

    So marijuana IS a gateway* drug!

    *because you can leave via a gateway too

    1. No, that would be a getaway.

  7. Folks who still do not grasp the laws of supply and demand are pushing for more rent controls when they should be demanding a dramatic increase in housing stock.

    No editorializing in the middle of your links.

    1. Since I can’t see over the pay wall, I’ll just leave some snark.

      “But muh neighborhood character!”

      Enh, I tried.

    2. I love how this link is on the same day as an immigration link. In cities that do not allow home construction, immigrants really are replacing people who grew up there. It is time to allow more home construction and more diversity lottery visas.

    1. In the Vault-Tech tradition.

  8. President Donald Trump tweeted a pre-emptive rejection.

    Premature rejectulation.

    1. It went off in his tiny hands?

    2. “I fired!”

  9. A new federally funded research study shows more evidence that legal access to medical marijuana from dispensaries correlates with a drop in opioid overdose deaths.

    And a massive increase in pot overdose deaths!!!

    /Chris Christie.

  10. A new federally funded research study shows more evidence that legal access to medical marijuana from dispensaries correlates with a drop in opioid overdose deaths.

    They’ll definitely take a lesson away from the study. Like not to make the mistake of funding something like that again.

  11. These are the things Bernie Sanders said we’d be happy to pay more for in exchange for a higher minimum wage.

    As cost of living soars, half of Seattle-area tax filers earn under $50K, IRS data show

    From hamburgers to haircuts, things are becoming more expensive in the Seattle area. But are high wages here enough to offset the increases? Well, many people are just scraping by.

    As is typical, the words “minimum wage” don’t appear anywhere in the article. Seattle Times now routinely whistles past not just a graveyard, but a zombie apocalypse.

    1. I thought a rising tide was supposed to lift all boats or some such BS.

      1. Raising the minimum wage is more like building an apparatus to lift some of the boats, and expecting the tide to rise with them.

      2. The rising tide drowns all non-swimmers.

        1. And the ebb tide shows who’s not wearing swimming trunks.

    2. As The Bern is now part of the 1%, he’s irredeemably evil and I discount anything he says.

      1. He has gone over to the dark side.

    3. So, in my job I spend a lot of time reading about restaurants and such. And one thing I notice in Seattle, there are a lot of restaurant closings, and every single owner makes a statement saying “It wasn’t the minimum wage increase.”

      There was one author who said it was, that he was moving his restaurants to the Eastside due to the minimum wage. And the authors of the article just shit on him mercilessly. It’s interesting how everyone in power is in on proving it right, even against all evidence.

      1. I’m sure when you read that horse-stuff, some Shakespeare comes to mind:
        “Methinks thou doth protest too much!”

      2. Is your restaurant closing because it wasn’t making enough money? Then the minimum wage is by definition at least partially to blame.

  12. The Pentagon has fired the man overseeing the trials of alleged terrorists being held in Guantanamo Bay.

    They found that a rope tied to a lever could do the same job.

  13. Sam Alito just ensured a Democratic House next year. These are the little ironies that make life worth living.

    1. You lead a sad life. Political crap makes you happy?

      1. Lunch with his friend doesn’t.

        1. The concept of a social life leaves you people baffled huh.

          1. I was taken aback at the thought of you attracting a friend.

            1. To be perfectly candid it’s less to do with my personality than my rockin’ bod.

              1. Yeah, I can picture a chick face sitting on you to get a break from the preening.

          2. Is this what your friend said to you when you threw a tantrum because you weren’t the only one invited to Lunch?

            1. I never throw tantrums. I don’t remember the details of that story, but I assure you it was an allegory for a larger point.

              1. About you throwing tantrums?

                1. And…dont remember the details? wtf?

                  1. Yeah you seem to be a little stalkerish with me.

                    Which only feeds my bottomless ego.

                    1. You told a story that portrayed you as horribly narcissistic. It’s hard to forget such things.

                    2. and…don’t remember the details? wtf?

      2. I’m sad because something makes me happy?

        Not that you’re not onto something.

        1. sounds like he’s onto something

      3. Don’t look at me.|2.5.18 @ 4:44PM|#
        “You lead a sad life. Political crap makes you happy?”

        Well, actually his infantile fantasies do the job.
        Ask him about Trump getting impeached for “treason”. And then ask if he can define the term.
        Almost as amusing as trueman dancing around a request for a cite.

        1. My stalkers are my life. Feed meeeee.

          I guess conspiring with Russian mafia isn’t technically treason, but it’s bad enough don’t you think?

          1. It sure would be bad, if someone you were describing had actually done that, as opposed to denizens of your vivid imagination.

    2. A conservative doing something principled probably is a little ironic from the perspective of a leftist who utterly lack principles.

    1. You know who else depended on verbal persuasion to get his message across?

        1. Boy he’s sunk then.

    2. I’m just a dumb, middle-aged white guy, but man that Dodge commercial just about turned my stomach.

      1. I’m just a dumb, middle-aged white guy

        Huh, I’d have thought the MLK speech would have done that.

        You know, being a middle-aged white guy.

        PROGRESS!

        1. Even a grand dragon in the KKK has to admit that MLK was one hell of a writer.*

          *FWIW I am not a grand dragon in the KKK.

          1. Anymore.

      2. The ironic part is that the audio above about car commericials is actually from the exact same speech that was used in the actual ad.

    3. That’s funny.

      And why were there people stealing a church in the ad? Is that really the sort of thing Dodge wants to be associated with?

      And how much did the MLK estate make off of the ad, I wonder? They’re really sitting on a goldmine there.

  14. Wingnuts go ballistic over boring T-Mobile Super Bowl ad:

    https://goo.gl/7S6uTu

    1. It is getting tiresome to be told how to think.

      1. This ^

    2. As the only person who seems to bringing it up here, were you perhaps referring to yourself?

    3. If didn’t already know anything about T-Mobile, that commercial wouldn’t inform me about the services provided by the company.

    4. Multiracial babies!? This is the literal form of the apocalypse to wingnuts.

      1. The ones you hallucinate at least. Is that where all your political apoplexy comes from. Devoid of friends, you’ve accrued a host of alternate personalities, and they’re all Republicans?

  15. “Sens. John McCain (D-Ariz.)”

    I hope this was intentional.

    1. It’s “fake but accurate”, like that Dan Rather story.

      Does this mean that John McCain is actually physically back in Washington D.C. doing his job, or is he somehow “introducing” this bill from his deathbed in Sedona?

    2. Came to post about this. Scott is a spy dog

  16. The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request by Pennsylvania Republican leaders to put on hold a recent decision by the state’s supreme court ordering them to redraw the state’s congressional districts.

    And if they simply refuse to do so?

    Courts lack the authority to draw them. Nor the legitimacy.

    Sens. John McCain (D-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) have introduced a bill to allow undocumented “DREAMers” to stay in the United States, but it doesn’t provide funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. For that reason, President Donald Trump tweeted a pre-emptive rejection.

    Impressive negotiation there. Give them EVERYTHING and get nothing back. Thank God he lost to Obama.

    1. If they refuse to redraw the districts, the court could cancel the election. Or change the result to have whoever lost, and sues, win.

      1. You’re not fooling anyone Hihn.

    1. Taking flash photographs?

      1. Yes, but not in the way you’d expect…

    2. “Unspecified conduct?”
      That’s troubling; the vast majority of my conduct is unspecified.

  17. Hint, LA Times, these things are the same:

    In another bid to quell criticism that its platform is overrun with misinformation, YouTube said Friday that it would start labeling news broadcasters’ videos that receive at least some government or public funding.

    Also, PBS upset:

    PBS said it was misleading for YouTube to include the broadcaster in the initiative, saying it suggested the U.S. government had influence over its editorial content.
    “PBS and its member stations receive a small percentage of funding from the federal government; the majority of funding comes from private donations,” the broadcaster said in an emailed statement. “More importantly, PBS is an independent, private, not-for-profit corporation, not a state broadcaster. YouTube’s proposed labeling could wrongly imply that the government has influence over PBS content, which is prohibited by statute.”

    PBS said it was conducting discussions with YouTube to address its concerns.

    It’s impossible to know if such disclosures would have limited RT’s influence in the past, experts say. But they still welcomed YouTube’s move as a way to improve media literacy.

    Yes it does, PBS, yes it does.

    1. And Youtube wants you to see news only from pre-approved sites. I suggest you sit the next Net Neutrality bitchfest out, Google.

      Starting last year, the company said it tweaked its algorithm to ensure more established news sources surfaced in search results in the wake of breaking news. The change was made after a slew of conspiracy theories surfaced on YouTube moments after the Las Vegas mass shooting in October.

    2. By performing editorial filtering, Google et. al. avoid editorial filtering.

      What’s up is down, what’s down is up…

      The three companies would much rather stay out of the business of editorial oversight. Doing so could bring them closer to being labeled media companies rather than platforms ? a critical distinction that largely absolves them of liability over the content and activities that appear on their products.

      By promoting transparency measures instead, the firms can argue it’s up to their users to decide what to watch and read.

      1. Yeah, I have a feeling someone in some future court case will make that point. At length.

        1. I wonder if this will begin to erode trust in them. I’ve always hated that Google somehow became the good-guys of tech. They’re the same as any other gigantic company.

    3. If you ask the Russians, Bert and Ernie are Western propaganda designed to turn Russian kids gay.

      1. Then what are Bert & Harry?

    4. “PBS said it was misleading for YouTube to include the broadcaster in the initiative, saying it suggested the U.S. government had influence over its editorial content.”

      Who ME????
      Water to a fish.

  18. The New York Times is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to unseal and release the secret documents used as the justification to surveil Carter Page back when he was a campaign advisor to Trump.

    This is the greatest idea I’ve heard from the New York Times in…… well, just about forever!

    Sadly though, I’m not sure that the Times can be trusted to divulge all the documents if and and when they get them, so I hope several different organizations get them so we get the whole unvarnished truth without any spin or bullshit.

    Either these schmucks at the Times actually still really believe in the honesty and integrity of their beloved Negro Nixon and his underlings for some odd reason, or they have something nefarious of their own planned, or both.

    1. Psst, they’re calling Nunes’s bluff.

    2. Why don’t you just go to Stormfront?

  19. Y’know it’s weird that people on the left wanted someone as President that we know purposefully attempted to evade FOIA law and in the process of illegally doing so likely compromised classified information. That’s how much she didn’t want people to know what she was up to.

    That said it’s nice to see that the New York Times, after being for government secrecy in favor of one candidate, finally wants to shed light on the situation now that it will hurt a disfavored politician.

    Truly a model of unbiased reporting. Better late than never, I guess?

    /sarc

  20. . . . the trials of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks

    Are we fucking serious? 15 *years* and the government doesn’t have enough evidence to take these guys to a fucking kangaroo court let alone try them for real?

    1. They should be let go then.

      1. When Mueller gets done investigating them.
        (joking, joking!)

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