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  • AL DIAZ/TNS/NewscomAL DIAZ/TNS/NewscomRussian claims that it has killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a May air strike in Syria. "The U.S.-led military coalition fighting against Islamic State said it could not confirm the death," noted Reuters, "and several Iraqi officials told Reuters they were skeptical."
  • President Trump is expected to announce a new policy toward Cuba that prohibits American business dealings there from benefiting the Cuban military.
  • "A nursing home operator who says he was defamed in ProPublica is ignoring the publisher with deep pockets and instead taking aim at two freelance" investigators, reports The Daily Beast.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union is opposing a new "anti-human trafficking" bill that just passed the Rhode Island Senate.
  • Good morning from our president

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!

    Unless he blocks you.

  • Jerryskids||

    You keep calling them the Fake News Media and see what happens when you loosen up those libel laws, dumbass.

  • Cyto||

    I'd posit that "fake media" is clearly opinion and not subject to the libel treatment.

    "Paid prostitutes to pee on the bed" would be a statement of fact that is subject to libel.

    "Is a shitty president" would be a statement of opinion.

    One could be litigated as libel. The other could not, even if the "public figure" exceptions are tightened up.

  • ||

    Shut up, you retarded goat-fucker.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The truth is an absolute defense to defamation civil action.

  • Homple||

    If you're, blocked, go here and you can read all his stuff, if you want to.

    https://twitter.com/donaldtrump?lang=en

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    BUILD THE WALL.

  • ||

    Hello.

  • WakaWaka||

    Off topic. This is the president's morning game of six dimensional hungry, hungry hippos via tweet: "I'm Under Investigation For Firing Comey By The Man Who Told Me To Fire Comey"

    What is the opposite of working the refs?

  • B.P.||

    Come on, man. There is no "off topic" in the AM/PM links. Everyone knows this.

  • Bee Tagger||

    President Trump is expected to announce a new policy toward Cuba that prohibits American business dealings there from benefiting the Cuban military.

    That seems like a thorny thing to prove or disprove

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    More to the point, money is fungible. Donated food aid money allows them to divert budgeted food aid money to military uses. It's so obvious and has been going on for so long that I wonder what kind of spontaneously organized conspiracy has been going on to not report it, but of course the media and politicians have the same common goal of enhancing the power of the elites.

  • B.P.||

    Oh sure. Next you'll tell me that all of that money the IMF shovels to Third World countries ends up in the bank accounts of kleptocratic dictators.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Russian claims that it has killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a May air strike in Syria.

    America can only ever get the seconds-in-command.

  • Anomalous||

    If they killed him in May, why did they wait until now to announce it?

  • Rich||

    Obviously they were waiting for proof that they *may* have killed him.

  • WakaWaka||

    Ask Adam Schiff about proof. We don't need no stinking proof

  • x'); DROP USER Tony;||

    May scours bring June "Ours!"

  • Conchfritters||

    Russians. I should've known. Anti-Semite, slippery Cossack sluts.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Cossack sluts" is my favorite Internet search term.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Apparently you like dudes. NTTIAWWT.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Cossacks are an ethnicity. There are lady cossacks.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Not on the first search results page. Unless....unless it was personalized for my device. Um, nevermind, Citizen X, carry on.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Google knows you better than you know yourself.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Good morning from our president

    Good Morning, ad-hominem!

    Two things are necessary for this to be an excellent comment:
    1) Pronounce it like vietnam
    2) Pretend the president's tweet had an ad-hominem in it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Maybe you should have put this in your back pocket until he made an early morning ad hominem tweet.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Isn't Twitter primarily an ad hominem platform?

  • Bee Tagger||

    Yeah, like I'd wear pants with back pockets.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    The one downfall of the romper is that there are no back pockets.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    That's the only one?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    President Trump is expected to announce a new policy toward Cuba that prohibits American business dealings there from benefiting the Cuban military.

    Bolívar Coronas Gigantes are fungible.

  • Libertarian||

    Not if you keep them at the proper humidity

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "A nursing home operator who says he was defamed in ProPublica is ignoring the publisher with deep pockets and instead taking aim at two freelance" investigators, reports The Daily Beast.

    Seems to be missing the point of going after the one with deep pockets.

  • Rich||

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island had opposed the bill, saying it would create overlapping statutes

    , unlike ten thousand other laws.

  • Rich||

    Russia's military says it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

    Where's Kathy Griffin on this?

  • Libertarian||

    Baghdadi was her nickname in college.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    You misspelled "Bang Daddy."

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Nope. She has never had a partner who didn't make her put a bag over her head.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    Rough justice! Female cop fights to keep her new job after her previous career as a DOMINATRIX was exposed

    She was suspended on May 26, six days before her academy graduation, for allegedly failing to disclose 'that she appeared in the films and sometimes saw clients privately for money.'


    n some clips seen by DailyMail.com, she is seen kicking naked men in the testicles, choking a man in a swimming pool, and putting her heels on the face of a man in a leather mask.

    Hyman said that she was merely an actress in the videos, and noted that she didn't use her real name.

    Wait a minute, I had something for this.

  • Libertarian||

    We all do, Crusty. It's called fish and barrel syndrome.

  • BYODB||


    It's called fish and barrel syndrome.

    Now THAT'S a euphemism!

  • Zeb||

    I would have thought that would be a positive recommendation for a law enforcement career.

  • jack sprat||

    ^ this

  • Citizen X - #6||

    she is seen kicking naked men in the testicles, choking a man in a swimming pool, and putting her heels on the face of a man in a leather mask

    You'd think they'd give her a raise and put her in charge of the whole department's training.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Pics?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    In the linked article, yo.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Meh. I am not into leather.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    You prefer the person kicking you in the exposed testicles to be clad in denim?

  • Hoof Hearted||

    Romper FTW!

  • ||

    I don't see why she should be canned.

    It's not like the police are bastions of dignity anyway, right?

  • Rhywun||

    "it was necessary to protect the department's integrity and to prevent her from taking an oath of office 'for which she is not entitled.'"

    "She's not the violent psychopath we usually hire. She's just playacting."

  • loveconstitution1789||

    She was going to work the sex trafficking from the inside out.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

  • Libertarian||

    Not to pry, but just exactly how did you run across this item?

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    The internet.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    +1 millstone for a browser history

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Rare footage of Crusty on vacation.

    Crusty apparently shaved all his body hair for this adventure.

  • lap83||

    Crusty is a disallowed character

  • Citizen X - #6||

    No kidding. Also, the link doesn't work.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Aw, shucks, sorry guys, looks like the video has been taken down. It was a video of an Asian man spending 10 hours walking around NYC in a romper and the reactions of mostly black dudes upon seeing him.

  • lap83||

    this seems to work
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37BdS5KH9K8

    when is the age cut-off for appropriateness of rompers? maybe it depends who you ask

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    It was a video of an Asian man spending 10 hours walking around NYC in a romper and the reactions of mostly black dudes upon seeing him.

    Related: I was walking down the street in the hipster enclave of Beacon, New York when a young, very skinny, lanky fellow wearing a short, blue blazer, short, grey shorts, and penny loafers bounded on past. The black man walking in front of me turned around, looked right at me, and disgustedly said, "Man, white people are fucked up."

    He was not wrong.

  • lap83||

    you must have been glad that all the self-tanner is finally giving you street cred

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    you must have been glad that all the self-tanner is finally giving you street cred

    It's part of my plan to survive the upcoming race war.

  • Rhywun||

    He was not wrong.

    You should have lectured him on the harm that such collectivist thinking does. BTW, was he wearing saggy pants with exposed undies?

  • Meh.||

    I thought we were calling these romphims? If this weren't an online store, I'd summon up all my courage & bravery and move some to the girls' section!

  • Conchfritters||

    Fensterman, a leading player in Nassau County Democratic politics, gained notoriety in 2014 for his aggressive defense of a nursing home on the Island after it brought in a male stripper to entertain the seniors.

    He's lucky he doesn't live in Rhode Island, where I am sure that act would be roundly construed as sex trafficking.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    The Trumpmaid's Tale: Kellyanne Conway's Plan for 'Demographic War'

    Conway was honored earlier this month by the New York State Conservative Party at its $500-a-seat gala, where Chairman Mike Long introduced her as the "first female campaign manager of a successful presidential campaign…and what may be more important to her, a mom with four children."

    Sounding like the character Serena Joy, who helped found Gilead with her belief in "fertility as a national resource, reproduction as a moral imperative," Conway returned Long's compliment by pointing to his large family as an example of "how I think we fight these demographic wars moving forward."

    Or, a writer for The Daily Beast tries way too hard.

  • Conchfritters||

    Gilead? He has forgotten the face of his father.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    -3 fingers

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    I don't get this reference, but I am too afraid to ask.

  • Zeb||

    The Gunslinger.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    +1 famous author re-editing all of his previous works in order to shoehorn them awkwardly into the same goddamn narrative universe

  • Zeb||

    Is that good or bad? I quite like the Gunslinger series, but I haven't read enough of his other stuff to really have an opinion on his re-editing. I also read the Gunslinger series after he had modified the earlier books for continuity with the later ones.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    It is what it is. King started retconning everything into the Dark Tower cycle right around the time that my tastes started moving away from his stuff anyway (although i do still like a number of his stories) so your mileage might vary.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    I never read past the Wolves of the Calla. From what I heard, I made the right decision.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Yeah, the last couple books were... disappointing. Only a misguided need to sate my completist tendencies kept me going once King put himself in his own book as God. Who knew getting hit by a van could knock a guy so far up his own ass?

  • Conchfritters||

    Good points. Yeah, you could have skipped the last two and had been fine. I did enjoy Dark Tower 4.5 - The Wind Through The Key Hole. But I still find my way to re-read The Stand every 10 years or so; I was disappointed when he inserted Randall Flagg in the Dark Tower series.

  • Zeb||

    I liked them all quite a bit, actually. The earlier ones are stronger, but I'm glad he finished it and that I read them all.

    I think he probably got a bit ambitious in trying to tie too many things together in the multiverse.
    Putting himself in the books was kind of an odd choice (and I've read that he wanted to remove himself from the books, but decided not to).

  • Dillinger||

    you did.

  • Dillinger||

    this^^ was in response to this:

    >>> I never read past the Wolves of the Calla. From what I heard, I made the right decision.

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    "We can't let conservative white people outbreed the Central American peasants we're desperately trying to import, or we'll never get that Permanent Democrat Majority!"

  • ||

    Yeh, like the concept of the 'demographic war' wasn't around before her. Heck, weren't experts claiming demographics all but ensured Democrat hegemony while relegating the GOP into the backwoods?

  • Zeb||

    "Experts" say a lot of things. And it seems like someone is always declaring that one party or another is going to have a permanent majority or something along those lines.

    No, it's not a new concept. But talking about it like that is a good way to keep the accusations of being white supremacists going strong.

  • Rhywun||

    So... much... derp...

    Trump's master race of disaffected white men made it pretty clear at last Sunday's nationwide anti-Muslim protests, where they loudly condemned Islam and supposedly stood up for women against female genital mutilation, rape, and wife beating

    You mean the Islam, members of whom have loudly proclaimed their desire to "out-breed" Europeans? Or the one that not "supposedly" but actually does condone female genital mutilation, rape, and wife beating?

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    LAPD cadets stole police cars and may have impersonated officers, chief says

    The teens, who were not identified because they are minors, were arrested in connection with the theft of the cruisers and other LAPD property, Beck said. All three teens are members of the cadet program and from 15 to 17 years old, Beck said. He added that all three teens were involved in the vehicle thefts but that it was not immediately clear which teens were involved in the theft of the other equipment.

    LAPD cruisers have to be signed out through an automated system before they are driven out of a department motor pool, but the cadets were "sophisticated enough" to manipulate the system by logging in with the name of a sergeant who they knew was on vacation.

    "They gamed that system," Beck said.

    Their genius is on par with Matthew Broderick's in War Games.

  • Agammamon||

    That might be giving the LAPD too much credit. Surely Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

  • Unreconstructed (Sans Flag)||

    I'd suggest the principal, rather than Ferris.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    The Left Embraces Political Violence

    They do this partly because they intend to win and to rule. They also do it because they have convinced themselves that we are in a state of national crisis, and that the dark shadow of fascism in descending on the United States. In reality, the only thing resembling a genuine totalitarian movement in American politics is the progressive camp from which emerged the man who shot Steve Scalise.

    I don't agree with most of what he wrote, but I do agree with the above conclusion.

  • Red Rocks Baiting n Inciting||

    Most of the left want to go about their lives nanny-scolding others, but even a minority of truly dedicated people can be enough to destabilize things.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    The *new* single.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That is the worst sentence i have ever read.

    Rad song, though.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    You know who else.....ahem, came in your ear pussy?

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

  • Libertarian||

    Did you leave a comma out of that sentence?

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

  • ||

    thanks. good stuff.

  • lap83||

    thanks, I didn't know they had a new album

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    President Trump is expected to announce a new policy toward Cuba that prohibits American business dealings there from benefiting the Cuban military.

    And how exactly is this enforceable?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "A nursing home operator who says he was defamed in ProPublica is ignoring the publisher with deep pockets and instead taking aim at two freelance" investigators, reports The Daily Beast.

    Seems like someone's...

    [dons sunglasses]

    ...nursing a grudge.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Good morning from our president

    HE'S NOT MY PRESIDENT.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!

    I do wonder how long this strategy will work for him. Unfortunately, too many in the dastardly devious media seem all-too-happy to help him.

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    And in the story of the day that will probably never go away: NBC slams Alex Jones, but is still airing Megyn Kelly's interview with him

    Jones has released embarrassing audio clips of Kelly trying to persuade him to do the interview.

    Who knew Michael Moynihan was one of our nation's most respectable journalists?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Yo! [raises hand]

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    [shakes fist into the air] Moynihan!!

  • Crusty Juggler - Elite||

    Hasn't Fist been through enough?

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Depends.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    And he's going to keep going through Depends until we stop shaking him so much.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I WAS BORN WITH UNILATERAL RENAL AGENESIS, IT'S BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Well, talk around here is that Crusty has an extra kidney. May be you can con him into thinking you are his father, that you love him, and that you need one of his kidneys.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Who knows where that kidney's been.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I felt for him when he talked about getting out of journalism once he moved away from DC. But his suffering and alcoholism is our gain.

  • Cyto||

    So, the last two days have seen the talking heads tap-dance and spin to avoid the notion that left-wing activists might be violent in both action and rhetoric, even going so far as to proclaim that it is really the right (in the person of Sarah Palin) who inspire violence via their rhetoric (in the person of left-wing schizophrenic obsessive Jared Loughner).

    I flipped around llooking for the day's "take", The left seems pretty satisfied that they never use any hyperbolic and violent rhetoric and any suggestion that they bear responsibility for such a climate is laughable (see Pelosi, Nancy for an example).

    So HuffPo seems to at least have a bit of a clue. As the NYT edited their editorial that made the Palin claims, HuffPo pulled an opinion piece they were running that called for the execution of Trump and all of his fellow travelers. (but the internet remembers)

    Draining the swamp means not only ejecting Trump from the presidency, but also bringing himself and everyone assisting in his agenda up on charges of treason. They must be convicted (there is little room to doubt their guilt). And then — upon receiving guilty verdicts — they must all be executed under the law. Anything less than capital punishment 
  • BYODB||

    Ah, HuffPo, they read like a Nazi newspaper these days. There's a terrific video of their stories, along with Salon and Vox I believe, where they use a web app to replace 'white people' with 'Jews' which I think is pretty explanatory in how that ended up looking for them.

  • Entropy Drehmaschine Void||

    Fucking Idiot CNN.

    The long history of the gun used in the GOP baseball attack

    The rifle used in the attack that left a congressman and four other people wounded on a baseball field is a Soviet-era relic that is widely available in the United States and was used in another mass shooting last year. The SKS is a semiautomatic rifle developed by the Soviet Union in 1945, according to the National Rifle Association gun museum, which has one in its collection.

    OMG THOSE NASTY FASCISTS HAVE ONE IN THEIR COLLECTION!!!111!!!111!!!111

    The SKS typically has a wooden stock and a non-detachable magazine with a capacity of 10 rounds of 7.62-millimeter caliber, the same caliber ammunition used in the AK-47s that eventually replaced the SKS. The SKS is quite different from the AR-15, America's answer to the AK-47. The AR-15 has a stock made of plastic instead of wood and uses .223-caliber ammo and detachable magazines with a capacity of 100 rounds or more. Another significant difference: The AR-15 and AK-47 have pistol grips, while the SKS does not. Pistol grips are one of the factors that gun control advocates use to distinguish what they call assault rifles, which are often the targets of gun control legislation.
  • Entropy Drehmaschine Void||

    ...and of course don't forget:

    The AR-15, lightweight and easy to shoot and reload, has been used repeatedly in mass shootings, including the attacks at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016 and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
  • Zeb||

    Ah, so it wasn't actually a high powered rifle after all.

    I like how they talk about AR-15 magazines as if 100 rounds + is standard or common.

  • ||

    Ah, so it wasn't actually a high powered rifle after all.

    *facepalm*

  • Zeb||

    ?

  • Libertarian||

    And yet..................

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017.....rests.html

    Great story, but the caveat is that I also read that the two escapees were giving up anyway because the cops had them surrounded. Maybe by tomorrow we'll have the whole story.

  • Agammamon||

    Wow. That article is horrible.

    Someone should tell the author that (in addition to the errors already pointed out) that the SKS' magazine is easily removable and it will accept 30 round (OR LARGER!!111!!) box magazines with no further modification and that the AR-15 is not America's answer to the AK-47. Not even the M-16 is America's answer to the AK-47 as the M-16 was developed to meet a specific set of requirements and 'like the AK-47 but better' was not one of them.

  • Sevo||

    Can't find it elsewhere and this is pay-walled, but SF has a statue-gap:

    "Candidates for long-overdue statues of women in SF "
    [...]
    One of two sculptures of real women in San Francisco, a bust of Dianne Feinstein sits outside the mayor's office in City Hall.
    http/:because of Reason's fucking steam-powered web site, you'll have to search on your own.com

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Protip: do NOT Google image search for "Dianne Feinstein's bust."

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Unless you are shopping for bark tiles.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    These masturbation euphemisms are getting downright disturbing.

  • Rhywun||

    Feel free to take the stupid "she persisted" girl off our hands.

  • Libertarian||

    San Francisco has a long way to go before they get to the level of western NY.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/af.....ew-statue/

  • lap83||

    The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people! I can go around them

    If the mainstream media vs Trump's twitter account sums up party politics right now, what is the third party option?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    A Facebook picture of a Gadsden flag with six likes.

  • lap83||

    dammit, but then I'd have to rejoin FB...

  • American Memer||

    Libertarians Who Like Kirkland Jeans and White New Balances

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