Reason Morning Links: A Summit Slows Down, a Fundraiser Goes Down, a President Goes to Town

• Obama appears on Letterman.

• A rift between the U.S. and Europe puts a hitch in the U.N.'s climate summit.

• A grand jury indicts Democratic fundraiser Hassan Nemazee.

• The Fed rebuffs a Treasury request for a public review.

• Glenn Beck to Katie Couric: Better Obama than McCain.

• As immigration falls, increasing numbers of skilled foreign workers would rather labor in Asia than America.

• Bill Clinton on the Lewinsky scandal: "He said he could have done worse. He could have blown something up." (Don't pharmaceutical factories count?)

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    "blown" is of course the perfect verb for Clinton to employ

  • MNG||

    "Bill Clinton on the Lewinsky scandal: "He said he could have done worse. He could have blown something up." (Don't pharmaceutical factories count?)"

    That is funny as shit! And franz, yours was good too.

  • MNG||

    As a fan of McCain and a hater of that dolt Beck, I still have to wonder, how in the world can anyone who believes in what Beck says he does think that a McCain Presidency would be worse than an Obama one (from the standpoint of what Beck says he values?)???? That guy is so full of shit.

  • @||

    a McCain Presidency would be worse than an Obama one

    And if only Wendell Willkie had defeated FDR in 1940...

  • ||

    "And if only Wendell Willkie had defeated FDR in 1940..."

    In other words, not much difference?

  • Xeones||

    And if only Wendell Willkie had defeated FDR in 1940...

    ...we wouldn't have had to wait 68 years to elect a guy with a funny name?

    Oh shit, apparently i'm a racist.

  • Rich||

    "It is not obvious at all why that is a Treasury responsibility or even appropriate why the Treasury would undertake that kind of study," said ... a former Atlanta Fed research director. "The Fed was created by Congress and it is not part of the executive branch."

    When the Fed (or whoever) rebuffs a *Congressional* "request" we will see some obviousness.

  • ||

    When Beck says "Obama is better for the country than McCain would've been." he really means "Obama is better for my ratings, ad revenue, and pocketbook than McCain would've been."

  • Suki||

    Where is the link on the Colorado and New York terrorist arrests? This morning I heard the FBI is pissed at the NYPD. Sounds like a story for Radley!

  • Tricky Prickears||

    The Fed rebuffs a Treasury request for a public review.

    Robert Eisenbeis, chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors Inc. in Vineland, New Jersey

    Hey, that's my hometown. My father went to school with this guy.

  • ||

    When Beck says "Obama is better for the country than McCain would've been." he really means "Obama is better for my ratings, ad revenue, and pocketbook than McCain would've been."



    You are correct. Beck is an entertainer and a blowhard who's in it for the money.

    While a libertarian could find the occasional thing that Obama would be better on (though he's disappointed in most, other than tiny steps on drugs maybe), it's difficult to see what someone with Beck's professed views would prefer about Obama. Perhaps a sophisticated argument that McCain would be more likely to lead to an immigration compromise?

  • Rich||

    "He said he could have done worse"

    Then we'd have even more of these.

  • Tricky Prickears||

    As immigration falls, increasing numbers of skilled foreign workers would rather labor in Asia than America.

    This is a friend of mine from high school. He is a researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He makes some good observations about China.

  • ||

    Beck is absolutely right, stealth populists, like Teddy Roosevelt are much more dangerous than open socialists. My respect for Beck went up with his dis of TR.

  • @||

    Obama is better for my ratings, ad revenue, and pocketbook than McCain would've been

    Then again, Rush Limbaugh has prospered through Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and now Obama. The successful entertainer finds and keeps his audience.

  • ||

    Our siege by the Sukilytes lumbers on. Munitions are running dangerously low, but SugarFree's poetry feeds our morale as much as Pro Libertate's haggis fills our bellies.

    Every day we scrub the "SURRENDER MONKEYS" graffito from the bath house wall as Episiarch and Warty sing an
    a capella version of Manilow's Somewhere Down the Road.

    After thirty-four days, Xeones has retired to a far corner of the rectory, rocking back and forth and muttering again and again: "Yo, fuck
    Suki IV: Finally a Vacation..."

  • ||

    I think there is one issue where Obama as president is better than McCain. Under Obama there is a much higher chance that the cap-n-trade fails. McCain would have liked to prove his enviro credentials and pushed for some cap-n-trade and that would have encouraged some Congress Republicans to support it. Now no Republicans in Congress support it.

  • ||

    Stealth populists are more likely to get onerous legislation passed because some people support their other positions. W. was able to get medicare and spending bills passed because conservatives wanted to win the wars. This trade off hasn't worked out too well for us. Socialists don't have enough support to get their pie in the sky dream bills passed.

  • ||

    I'd say we need to use a STAETH BOMBER against STEALTH POPULIST OBAMBA!

    *Also, would it hurt to post more info then just the headlines? I know you use a link (I am not a retord) but some people live in the country and only have dial-up and constantly jumping to new websites is taxing the system from an IT perspective. Michelle Malkin does a better job of pasting the whole story beneath the headlines so we don't have to jump back and forth.

  • Joe M||

    While a libertarian could find the occasional thing that Obama would be better on (though he's disappointed in most, other than tiny steps on drugs maybe), it's difficult to see what someone with Beck's professed views would prefer about Obama. Perhaps a sophisticated argument that McCain would be more likely to lead to an immigration compromise?

    What James Ard said, plus, it would've been typical Red Team/Blue Team nonsense.

    McCain is far to the left of most of his party, yet they would've gone along with whatever he wanted, since he's "their guy." And he would've been so willing to compromise on basically every issue that he could've easily brought along enough Dems to make up the difference. The result: lots and lots of horrifying bipartisanship legislation being made into law, including some health care monstrosity and more irresponsible economic meddling. I'm sure a lot of these protesters wouldn't be bothering either, sadly.

  • dude||

    Then go visit Ms. Malkin.

  • Xeones||

    Is Parents Rights the return of Neil? Stay tuned to Hit'n'Run for the next ungodly number of weeks to find out!

  • Joe M||

    PRiMP,

    We have a system here. We all like it.

  • ACORN = ENRON||

    Monica walks into her dry cleaning store and tells the guy, "I've got another dress for you to clean."

    Slightly hard of hearing, the clerk replies, "Come again?"

    "No," says Monica. "Mustard."

  • Space Fiend||

    "House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, has also called for more scrutiny of the central bank, saying last year he aims to probe how the 12 regional Fed presidents are appointed and their role in setting interest rates. The Fed banks are semi-private entities, each overseen by a nine-member board of directors."

    They must have quite a different definition of "semi-private" than I've ever heard - because nine-member boards elected by the stockholders [in this case, the banks] sounds entirely private to me.

  • Mike Laursen||

    A rift between the U.S. and Europe puts a hitch in the U.N.'s climate summit.

    Looks like all the central planners of the world are going to have to wait for individuals to voluntarily switch to new energy technologies when it makes sense for them to do so. Must be driving the central planners nuts.

  • Monica||

    Must be driving the central planners nuts.

    No, I'm pretty sure the prostate drives the nuts.

  • T||

    Looks like all the central planners of the world are going to have to wait for individuals to voluntarily switch to new energy technologies when it makes sense for them to do so.

    Yeah, just like we're all going to voluntarily switch to CFLs when it makes sense for us to do so.

  • kinnath||

    Yeah, just like we're all going to voluntarily switch to CFLs when it makes sense for us to do so

    New here aren't you

  • T||

    Not so much, kinnath.

  • kinnath||

    A new handle then, very sleek and efficient

  • MNG||

    "Yeah, just like we're all going to voluntarily switch to CFLs when it makes sense for us to do so"

    Switch to CFL? I hate Candadian football. Three downs, WTF?

  • Citizen Nothing||

    But don't forget the Royal Canadian Mounted Tight Ends, MNG.

    And Beck-haters underestimate the guy at their own peril. I'm (sadly) cosmotarian to the core, but I kind of like Beck. At least he's not a team red/blue player.

  • T||

    Switch to CFL? I hate Candadian football. Three downs, WTF?

    Hmm. I usually refer to soccer as 'metric football' to distinguish it from real football. I forget Canadians and Australians play something else they call football and it's probably based on the SI. There's some possibility for confusion.

    Of course, since Canadian or Austrailian football comes up about once every 2 years, I don't guess it matters.

  • T||

    Anyone know why my url gets crossways when I post? Looks fine from here.

  • ||

    Your URL reads on this end as: http://http/

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Back when they were putting teams in the U.S., my city came alarmingly close to landing a CFL franchise.

  • T||

    I think I fixed it. Typing is hard.

    Back when they were putting teams in the U.S., my city came alarmingly close to landing a CFL franchise.

    If that means you get an influx of Canadians, I'd oppose it.

  • EJM||

    I forget Canadians and Australians play something else they call football and it's probably based on the SI.

    If anything, the closest analogue to Aussie Rules may be Gaelic football (see more here).

  • creech||

    Read McCain's op-ed in WSJ on 9/14: "Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan."
    He says that "our problems result from what was, for years, a mismanaged and under-resourced war." I have little doubt that President McCain would have ramped up U.S. military involvement far faster than Obamessiah has. Most of us here would oppose that.

  • ||

    Is that traditional, fried, sashimi, or [shudder] vegetarian haggis? We've also got haggis pizza and haggis ice cream.

  • ||

    Bill Clinton on the Lewinsky scandal: "He said he could have done worse. He could have blown something up."

    Being blown is better than blowing up.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Yeah, just like we're all going to voluntarily switch to CFLs when it makes sense for us to do so.

    I did. Totally voluntarily. I like saving money on my electricity bills.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Got some of them solar panels, too.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    I did. Totally voluntarily. I like saving money on my electricity bills.


    How does it compare with the costs of purchasing the CFL's?

  • Mike Laursen||

    Hard to say. We remodeled our house, so we had all new light fixtures.

  • jtuf||

    increasing numbers of skilled foreign workers would rather labor in Asia than America.

    My great grandparents immigrated to the US. I've got a BS and a MS in biology. I'm making plans to move to Asia.

  • J D||

    Good luck being a libertarian in Asia jtuf!

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