Biden Thugs Imprison Reporter

Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers was confined to a closet by vice President Joe Biden's advance team Thursday when he tried to cover a $500-a-plate fundraising lunch at a local mansion. 

Powers had not sneaked into the event. He was chosen as the pool reporter for local media and was expecting to speak with guests in addition to hearing speeches by Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida). Instead, when he got there he was told the politicians had not yet arrived and hustled into a closet that seems to be more nicely appointed than my apartment. 

The punchline here should be that the vice president's staff did Powers a favor by sparing him another of Biden's rambling, idiotic speeches. But it turns out he was allowed out to hear the speech and then returned to the closet. It's not clear how much manhandling went on -- Powers refers to poking his head out a few times to speak with his captors. There is a lot of wiggle room in the range of deference access-dependent Tribune Company journalists have to show to political gatekeepers, so physical roughing up may or may not be necessary. Here's how this kind of thing gets handled in the country where Biden's boss is right now conducting an unconstitutional war: 

The treatment of Powers offended guests who heard about it later, along with the owner of the house, developer Alan Ginsburg, who apologized to the reporter. Powers didn't even get the lunch, which consisted of caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread, grapes, honey, gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps. Drudge reports that there were also bacon deviled eggs. The Daily Mail makes no mention of the deviled eggs. 

Update: Jake Tapper reports on the Biden camp's apology for "the lack of a better hold room," and focuses on the important point here: Powers was not a James O'Keefe-style prankster or a Reason TV crew there to make fun of people. He was the designated pool reporter for the mainstream media. That Powers complied in his own marginalization reflects poorly on those folks (who knows how much ritualistic nude dancing and human sacrifice he missed by only being present for the official announcements?), but it doesn't excuse the administration's extension of the "free speech zone" principle to the established press, or its abuse of Ginsburg's hospitality. This is how the "most open and accessible administration in American history" treats accredited news organizations. Imagine how open they are with people who disagree with them. 

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  • Old Man with Candy||

    Caprese? In March???

    Oven dried mozzarella? Oven dried basil???

    Either something is garbled in the reporting or I would have opted for the closet as well.

  • ||

    Exactly. Tim must not cook, because "oven-dried" doesn't even make sense.

  • ||

    Just bought a brand new oven. The manual had a section discussion using the oven to dry food. The oven even came with a spacer for the oven door, to allow moisture to escape during the drying process.

  • ||

    Yeah, you can dry beef jerky or vegetables, sure. But in the context of caprese? Makes no sense. "Dried" mozzarella would become rubber. It would be disgusting. Dried basil would become...nothing, really.

    It looks like someone trying to write a "sophisticated" menu and fucking up royally.

  • Juice||

    How in the hell would dried basil become nothing? When you buy ground basil in a bottle it's dried basil.

  • ||

    That's why I don't buy dried basil. It's useless. It has no flavor.

  • LC||

    I'm guessing tomatoes were oven dried here. Can actually be quite delicious.

  • ||

    But I think we all agree that the deviled eggs question needs to be settled immediately.

  • ||

    Inquiring tastebuds need to know.

  • ||

    I like deviled eggs. It occurs to me that at times in my life, I've consumed 7-8 eggs at one time, thanks to that appetizer.

  • Cool Hand Libertate||

    I can eat fifty eggs

  • Vermont Gun Owner||

    It's a well known fact at my dad's Christmas that if no one stops me I will eat all the deviled eggs, and its usually about 1.5-2 dozen eggs used. It has in fact become a running joke at this point.

  • ||

    Paul Newman should've had the eggs deviled before he ate them. Then it would've been easy!

  • Cyto||

    That's funny! I have the same reputation around my family. Maybe it's related to that weird liberty gene...

  • ||

    Was Tom Cruise in there with him?

  • hmm||

    No, but Larry Craig was. Rumor has it Bawny Fraank might have been as well.

  • ||

    You guys are making this seem worse than it really was. I found it quite pleasant in there with Tom.

  • Entitled Slacker||

    How about R. Kelly?

  • johnl||

    I have never before seen a loset with a window. In the comments to the Sentinal blog post about this Scott Power compares the closet to a roped off section of an event area.

  • ||

    It does look nicer than the room they put you in at Wrigley Field when you urinate upon opposing bullpen pitchers.

  • Hobie Hanson||

    Help! I was just getting a physical the other day and the nurse brought me to a room, closed the door, and made me take off my clothes and wait for the doctor! Kidnapping!

  • Rather||

    Lol, did someone digitally rape you too? Count yourself lucky, I hate to tell you what they do when you have a vagina ;-)

  • ||

    Dan, are you even trying anymore? Cmon man, at least put some effort into it.

  • Friendly Hugo Chavez||

    My Security Forces will treat you gently, Hobie-girl.

  • Warty||

    Another blast. This time, the impact ruptured a govee tube above the ship’s secondary retty, causing thick poinnooas mist to fill the bridge.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    You, Hobie, are one stupid fucker.

  • Do-as-I-Please Barack||

    Clearly there were National Security issues at hand. My Homeland Security director will investigate this matter and a full report is forthcoming. I knew nothing about it.

  • hmm||

    Fuckin' illegal detention, how does it work?

  • Biden Thug||

    It works well.

  • ||

    Much cheaper than GITMO, and nicer too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    By the look of it, Powers' tiger cage had a window. BUT NO MATTER HOW NICE, A CAGE IS STILL A CAGE. The original Star Trek pilot taught us that.

    And that closet is packed with shit. If MacGyver was the pool reporter, you can damned sure he would have found ample material to make his escape, or at least craft a nice bird house while waiting for Biden.

  • ||

    I would think he could fashion himself some kind of amplified listening device or x-ray vision goggles with all of the crap in that "closet".

  • Binky||

    Hey, I went to high school with Caprese Crostini. Believe or not, she smelled like bacon deviled eggs.

  • hmm||

    Going in or coming out?

  • Funny||

    because you are one of my favorite pigs, hmm.

  • ||

    The headline at the British paper The Telegraph's site is "Joe Biden's staff 'force journalist into cupboard'".

    That sounds even less fun.

  • Warty||

    Yinzers also call closets cupboards. You should fucking know this by now, you disgrace.

  • ||

    Sorry, I haven't discussed closets much during my residence here.

  • Warty||

    When you're seducing your next GMILF, ask her if she keeps her sweeper in her cupboard. She'll understand.

  • ||

    I always figured Tulpa for an Airtight Grannies type of guy. It just makes sense if you think about it.

  • ||

    It's gonna be tough to work that into my seduction script. It's hard enough to convince them to take the dentures out before we do the deed.

  • GMILF||

    I can be sweet talked with peanut butter and applesauce, gumdrop! Let's get skippy with it Tulpikins! My gout!

  • Rather||

    What's the big deal? They let him stick his head out of the closet. Usually conservatives don't even get that satisfaction ;-)

  • ||

    Don't mind her. It's the PMS.

  • Jennifer||

    There is a lot of wiggle room in the range of deference access-dependent Tribune Company journalists have to show to political gatekeepers

    Oh, YES. I cannot absolutely prove this, but I strongly suspect that somewhere in my ex-publisher's office, there's an inspirational little "Hooray for the Fourth Estate" statue originally inscribed with the first amendment, or Thomas Jefferson's inspirational quote about preferring newspapers to a government ... and that inscription has been crossed out and replaced with the maxim "The purpose of the media is to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted," or possibly "The purpose of the Fourth Estate is to make the other three look good."

  • ||

    Well, so much for Biden coaching Texas Tech in the future.

    I'm sorry, but it seems obvious the reporter felt no intimidation and meekly submitted to the "terms" under which he was allowed to cover the fundraiser. That to me is a bigger story that the fact the Biden staffers subjected him to this treatment. I wonder if this aggression would stand if it was a Romney or Bachmann fundraiser? Doubtful.

    Either way, what a fucking pussy this reporter was to accept this treatment. Anyone worth his salt would have been escorted out for refusing this shit.

  • ||

    I seem to remember a similar incident with the Senate campaign of Joe Miller. I also seem to remember that NPR, NYT, CNN, et al were quick to comment on the affront.

  • yonemoto||

    http://www.adn.com/2010/10/17/.....dcuff.html

    "Fulton said the man shoved by Hopfinger was not hurt."

    "Later, Hopfinger said that when he got the camera back, the segment covering the span of the arrest was missing. An Anchorage police officer offered to take the camera into custody and have it examined in the crime lab to investigate whether evidence had been destroyed, but Hopfinger declined. He said he needed the camera and the remaining video for his work."

    Sounds like a shitfest of misinformation. Who knows what really happened.

  • ||

    I'm sorry, but it seems obvious the reporter felt no intimidation and meekly submitted to the "terms" under which he was allowed to cover the fundraiser.

    What I am surprised at is why there is no video of the incident?

    Who the fuck hires these imbecile reporters who don't have a camera on their cell phones?

  • Jennifer||

    I'm sorry, but it seems obvious the reporter felt no intimidation and meekly submitted to the "terms" under which he was allowed to cover the fundraiser. That to me is a bigger story that the fact the Biden staffers subjected him to this treatment. I wonder if this aggression would stand if it was a Romney or Bachmann fundraiser? Doubtful.

    Either way, what a fucking pussy this reporter was to accept this treatment. Anyone worth his salt would have been escorted out for refusing this shit.

    I agree -- to an extent -- but there's no way to say for certain without knowing the reporter and, more importantly, the reporter's editor. Some editors are truly wonderful journalists who understand "Sometimes, doing your job and staying on a politico's good side are mutually exclusive; in such cases, do your job and fuck what the politico thinks." Other editors are craven whores who truly and sincerely believe "Government cock will not suck itself; that's what a free and independent media is for."

    If the reporter worked beneath a Craven Whore Editor, maybe he thought "I dare not protest this treatment, because I'll be fired if I don't return with a shiny happy 'I care about the public' quote from Biden." Or maybe he agreed with the CWE because he's just a CWR himself. I tend to doubt that, though, because if he were a truly CWR I doubt we'd have heard about his time in the closet to begin with.

  • DNS||

    Some editors are truly wonderful journalists who understand "Sometimes, doing your job and staying on a politico's good side are mutually exclusive; in such cases, do your job and fuck what the politico thinks." Other editors are craven whores who truly and sincerely believe "Government cock will not suck itself; that's what a free and independent media is for."

    Does it also not depend on how much "clout" the reporter has? Many of the DC journos relish in just finding pols in their traps when hunting stories on The Hill, but can only get away with it because, over a period of time, have shown pols that they don't take sides and delight in screwing over either team if the story presents. I guess a seniority system. Granted, I'm not in the know like you, but I would think a cub reporter would be more likely to accept rough or unpleasant treatment in order get the money quote, or just exposure a la "paying your dues."

    In your experience, what is the ratio of CWE's in relation to the Truly Wonderful Journalists [TWJ] (I define TWJ as the journo who is interested in truth, not spin, bias, or gonzo for its own sake).

  • Jennifer||

    In your experience, what is the ratio of CWE's in relation to the Truly Wonderful Journalists [TWJ] (I define TWJ as the journo who is interested in truth, not spin, bias, or gonzo for its own sake).

    In my personal experience CWRs were pretty common, but I used to hope that was because I worked at local or regional-level publications where reporters and politicos were often next-door neighbors. Any hope the bigger leagues might hold to better standards faltered when that Harvard media study came out last summer -- showing that American news organizations overwhelmingly called waterboarding "torture" when foreign governments did it, but not when ours did -- and vanished altogether when the TSA started implementing its fingerbang patdowns, and I noticed the appalling number of writers who opposed TSA as a gross violation of civil liberties under Bush, then suddenly decided the organization was a brave and vital First Line of Defense the second that SOBama took the oath of office.

  • Rather||

    Seriously, I don't give a shit that some reporter missed out on the devilled eggs in the context of freedom. WTH do you put that woman's plight as an aside in a story on freedom? He missed a meal in a room with a view, and she was likely put back in a cage to be raped repeatedly.

    Do you not have a woman editor with some common sense? Or, is missing food more important than an assault?

  • Rather||

    Sorry everyone. PMS.

  • ||

    Rather|3.27.11 @ 2:34PM|#
    Seriously,

    Hahaha. That's rich.

  • Rather||

    Did they turn the fucking lights off in the closet? Ya, cause that it so much worse than rape, assholes

  • ||

    Sorry again. PMS.

  • ||

    I was just making light of the fact that you tried to make a serious comment. We never know if you are gonna start the day with your "sane" pill or your "crazy" pill.

    Ah, nevermind. It's not even worth the energy. Fuck off.

  • Rather||

    Ken, I promise you one thing you'll never have to tell me is fuck off

  • ||

    But.....I just did.

  • Rather||

    another fucking slow idiot-you are worse than Epi and helle coalesced-holy shit! You are not a product of their unholy alliance?

  • Cyrus||

    Not 'fuck off', Julian, it's fuck on!

  • ||

    Why don't you write about it on your blog, rectal? That way no one will care.

  • Rather||

    Epi, my Japanese story is a fucking hit in Japan, and I was mentioned in a paper here. Can you say jealous bitch?

    BTW, who is the shit posting @3.27.11 @ 2:43PM? I can't read it because I have incif so many people! LOL

  • ||

    Sure it is, rectal. Sure it is. In your fantasy world, are you as retarded there as you are in the real world, or have you moved up to imbecile?

  • ||

    Why do you waste your time with this fuckwit, Epi?

    Jesus, I wrote a great limerick yet you, Warty and heller waste your time with rectal?

    WTF?

  • ||

    It's amusing to watch rectal pretend to be relevant. And your limerick was good, but I'm not in a limerick mood. I'm in a "watch the train wreck that is rectal" mood while I watch Kansas choke.

  • ||

    And they sure are choking. Man, VCU gets after it on defense.

    I get what you're saying, but I just can't ever get in a rectal mood. It was funny at first, but now she just sets out to wreck every thread. I can't understand how heller gets sucked in so easily.

  • ||

    I expect this level of choking from UConn; that's what they do. But this is just pathetic.

    Rectal's just an idiot. Sometimes it's fun to make fun of the idiot. She can only wreck a thread if you let her, remember.

  • Rather||

    Poor Ken, did no one read your limerick? Where the hell is it your little post whore?

  • ||

    Poor Ken, did no one read your limerick? Where the hell is it your little post whore?

    Oh, everyone read it. I'm basking in their silent appreciation. It'd be nice if you were in that group.

  • Rather||

    I hear a vacuum little bitch

  • Dr. Kermit Gosnell||

    It's not quite a vacuum, dearie, but it looks like I got here just in time!

  • Warty||

    Hey, look, some stupid twat typed something retarded that I can't see. What a fucking shame.

  • ||

    The deviled eggs haven't been confirmed. Please don't make matters worse by wild speculation.

  • cynical||

    I believe he was trying to offer "perspective" for the indignity heaped upon the reporter, using the woman as a contrast. Understand?

  • ||

    "he was allowed out to hear the speech and then returned to the closet."

    I thought this administration was against DADT?

  • ||

    There once was a reporter named Powers
    Who got put in a closet for hours.
    Just to cover a show, featuring Crazy Joe.
    But instead of bitching, the press cowers.

  •  ||

    Meter is hopelessly incompetent.
    D-

  • ||

    3
    3
    2
    2
    3

    What the fuck are you talking about? I can't help it if you read like Dexter Manley.

  •  ||

    Limericks are to poetry what puns are to humor. They're as simple as it gets. A child can master the form, and yet you blew it. Here's how your attempt at one could be salvaged somewhat by smoothing out the rhythm and metre, and more accurately describing the event. (Note how lines 1, 2, and 5 have nine syllables each, and lines 3 & 4 have five each.)

    A young pool reporter named Powers
    was put in a closet for hours.
    He covered the show,
    as everyone knows.
    The mainstream gave Biden some flowers.

  • Rather||

    There once was a boy name spicer
    who thought God challenged him to be a better man
    He was so full of shit thinking his salvation was in the can
    Good luck when you pay for your eternal life sir

  • ||

    Hahahahahaha. This is absolutely awesome. I mean, it's the closest thing to a perfect rectal post I could imagine. Priceless.

    God, I'm so happy I came on here today.

  • ||

    See how it's fun? You just have to let her walk herself into stupidity.

  • ||

    You just have to let her walk herself into stupidity.

    Walk? She's on the high speed rail.

  • ||

    The hits will just keep on coming, dude.

  • Rather||

    Epi like I have to follow any rules.
    Don't be such a useless wop and put a malocchio on that MFer

  • ||

    I had a malocchio at starbucks this morning. Delish..

  • Rather||

    I bet you went to church this morning, lol.

    Good luck with the trapdoor to hell bitch-I wonder if God will let me spring-it-WTH, I'm sure she will.

  • Bingo||

    Are you even the slightest bit aware of the nonsense you write or does your self-delusion go that deep?

  • Rather||

    Bingo you bore me

  • Warty||

    While this is good, a proper Limerick is dirty.

  • ||

    There once was a man named Joel Pile
    Who would look at his sheep and then smile.
    Then he'd say with a grin
    As he'd wipe off his chin
    I've been fucking these beasts for a while.

    Is this.....apropos?

  • Warty||

    Perfect.

  • Rather||

    sloopyinca|12.25.10 @ 3:21PM|# ... I believe there was consent on Mary's part.(nothing like a pregnancy from rape to make your day!) Second, those of us believe that God lives all around us and in each of our hearts, challenging us to be better men and women. (I love this part, it drips puerility)Yes, we do believe their son gave his life for our sins and did come back to life after three days.(why, was he fucking hungry?) I believe there were stories attesting to the resurrection penned by multiple non-believers and skeptics as well as his followers.(unscholarly)And, yes, we believe that if you accept that Jesus died for your sins, your salvation is guaranteed.
    (bitch, you have got to be fucking kidding...
    Oh, I get it. You just need to be a hater....(I agree with you there)

  • Joel Pile||

    I've been slandered!

  • ||

    Oh, you just misunderstood the limerick.

  •  ||

    Again, piss-poor rhythm and metre. Yours reads more like third-rate prose than a limerick. Seek professional help.

    http://www.speedysnail.com/limericks/metre.html

  • yonemoto||

    Better:

    But instead of bitching, the press just cowers.

  • GILMORE||

    Dude, the fact this story was mentioned without ANY reference to this? =

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ch4dKpBJmU

    ...is absolutely unforgivable.

    I mean it's a joke just sitting there like a T-ball. Come. the. fuck. on.

  • GILMORE||

    seriously though, TITC is arguably the greatest operatic work of the last half century.

    Arguably. If you don't find it entertaining, there's something wrong with you though.

  • ||

    Wow. Did you forget about Tommy?

    Or even Sweeny Todd?

  • The Honorable Dan Quayle...||

    Looks like Einstein compared to this dip-twit Biden.

  • Bingo||

    The sad thing is that there are probably dozens of other hilarious stories that we aren't hearing about because the media doesn't want to rake too much muck on this administration.

  • ||

    I'd have locked Biden in that closet. With or without deviled eggs.

  • GILMORE||

    blech.

    I challenge either to make you laugh as hard.

    The self deprecation of Thug Life is a work of inestimable genius. Musical quality? Ehhh... Not so much. But the fact that a guy who was famous for peeing on teenagers went out of his way to go one BIG step further and mock his entire identity to the max...? Hell yes. Fuck Tommy. Sorry, I think Puccini would be far more impressed with Kelly.

  • ||

    Well, I'm more a fan of the Austrian and German composers, so you can keep Puccini and Kelly. I'll take Mozart, Wagner and Bizet (even though he's French).

    Also, I really should have called Quadrophenia instead of Tommy. Not only the best rock opera of all time, one of my the top 20 films of all time.

  • GILMORE||

    Whatever, pretentious douche. You haven't even watched the thing, have you?

  • ||

    I'm not pretentious. I just have my preferences. As far as Trapped goes, I just can't stand the autotune and his whiny voice. The story could have been brilliant, yet he underdelivered, IMO.

    I just told you I disagreed and told you what I like. How the fuck is that pretentious? Look in the mirror, asshat.

  • GILMORE||

    How the fuck is that pretentious?

    Uhm, 'trapped in the closet' has actual relevance to this post.

    And if you don't like fat women defending her midget lover with a shotgun against her angry police-officer husband white said midget eats cherry pie... all narrated by R Kelly *sans* autotune... I can't help you. Yes, mods vs rockers is probably far more socially-relevant storytelling.

  • ||

    you redeemed yourself. Tommy is like Sgt. Peppers. They are both grossly overrated albums and both were made into crappy movies.

    Quadrophenia otoh is insanely good. It has many iconic scenes. You can picture them easily. Tommy has - nothing.

    I will grant that Sgt. Pepper is superior to Magical Mystery Tour, but that's not saying a lot.

    I also want to say that if you are going to remake a song, don't do it EXACTLY the same, just not as good - see Pearl Jam doing Love Reign O'er Me.

    Do it like DEVO did Satisfaction

  • ||

    Or, Money (That's what I want) by the Flying Lizards.

  • ||

    ^^^^THIS^^^^

  • Bingo||

    This is probably the third most ridiculous thing I've read all week!

  • IceTrey||

    "Powers' phone didn't work in the closet, but his Blackberry did"

    What the hell does drudge think a Blackberry is? Plus, as someone mentioned, it looks like there's a window yet he had no phone service? Sounds fishy.

  • ||

    Probably piggybacked off of a Wi-Fi or GPS signal but couldn't get a CDMA or EVDO signal? That happens to me frequently when I'm in the high desert or the Sequoia Natl Forest.

  • STEVE SMITH||

    LET STEVE SMITH KNOW WHEN YOU HIKE IN FOREST NEXT TIME!

  • ||

    Oh, shit! Now I've got competition.

  • ||

    Probably piggybacked off of a Wi-Fi or GPS signal but couldn't get a CDMA or EVDO signal?

    Or he simply took a picture and saved it on the phone and did not send it anywhere until he had left.

    Which again I ask why the fuck did he not not shoot video of his captors?

    Worse reporter ever!

  • Bingo||

    Maybe he didn't have phone service? Or maybe he could get a signal on one device but not the other because they were on different carriers?

  • ||

    Why would he have a phone and a Crackberry? Crackberries are phones. Doesn't make sense.

  • Bingo||

    Personal phone and work phone, duh.

  • ||

    That's stupid. You're stupid.

  • Bingo||

    So are you and Rectal e-dating or what?

  • ||

    Have been for months. How did you figure it out?

  • Bingo||

    ~* H'n'R is for Lovers *~

  • ||

    We've been found out, rectal. We should just come clean and admit our love to the world. I've discovered I can care for a fat, sweaty, hairy, discharge-ridden pig of a woman. I'm so happy!

  • Bingo||

    Hahahaha, the only time I clicked on her blog she had a picture of just her eyes on up the title page. You know a chick is on the low end of the looks scale when she's too embarassed to even upload a myspace-angle shot but still wants some sort of attention.

    G-g-g-gosh rectal, you sure got pretty eyes, you've warmed over my cold libertarian heart. And you got a catalog of posts about commenters on a weblog? Pardon me while I pick my monocle off the floor and sweep you off your feet!

  • ||

    There's a lot of eczema involved.

  • db||

    Rule 34?

  • db||

    I have an Android (personal) and a Blackberry (work). I hate the blackberry. The interface blows.

  • ||

    That's stupid. You're stupid.

  • db||

    nuh-uh!

  • ||

    Fuck. VCU is falling apart. They're finishing like Tiger Woods.

  • ||

    There's nothing like a team choking at capitalizing on the other team's choking. Plus El Coacho's antics just got them a technical.

  • ||

    Yeah. Looks like the refs got the memo from the NCAA at halftime. A 3-second call instead of a reach, that foul they called non-shooting, the phantom offensive foul and ensuing T. Was Tim Donaghy in their locker room at the half?

  • ||

    This is the worst chat room ever.

  • ||

    If VCU blows this after the lead they had, I would not want to be in their locker room after the game. I have a feeling beatings will be given out.

  • ||

    Nice little run there.

    How the fuck did Enterprise get Rusted Root to sell out?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Just because people don't shower, it doesn't mean they have integrity.

    Just ask rectal.

  • Tim Cavanaugh||

    Another thread that needs more limericks...

  • ||

    There once was an asshat named Joe
    Who most of you people will know.
    Then by way of a page
    He put a man in a cage.
    Now by terms of impeachment he must go.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    There once was a journo from the pool,
    forced to sit at a desk on a stool.
    Cloistered alone in his closet
    from his crackberry did posit
    for two years has the press played the fool!

  • db||

    Joe Biden once locked up a scribe...

  • Rock Action||

    With *whom* his thoughts didn't jibe

  • ||

    They never gave him a plate

  • ||

    And kept making him wait.

  • DOJ||

    Kidnapping? We'll never abide...

  • ||

    But he'll stay in the progressive tribe.

  • Rather||

    There once was a boy named Tim
    Whose fucking concern was a boy locked-in
    Fuck her bruised legs
    The boy didn't get his devilled eggs
    That's why Reason is grim

  • ||

    You're like the worst troll ever, rectal.

  • ||

  • ||

    I do like how Tim posted a video with the intention of showing the contrast between the two instances and how dipshit Rather is complaining about it.

  • Biden Handler||

    Alright the Veep is done here. You can bring out the gimp.

  • ||

    Uh, Tim, why does the title still say "imprison" when it's now clear (as you tacitly admit in your update) that he was in the room voluntarily?

  • Warty||

    Jesus fucking Christ.

  • ||

    Just be glad he's nagging Tim and not you, dude. Just be glad.

  • ||

    Yeah, what's wrong with me, expecting Reason not to leave blatant falsehoods in its blog post titles.

    I wish I could be more like you, Warty, but it's just not meant to be.

  • ||

    When did Tulpa join with Moynihan in the anti-hyperbole camp?

  • alan||

    God fucking Christ MM is so pedantic about who is and is not a socialist that he has nearly defined them out of existence.

  • Obama Invades Syria||

    That won't happen, says Clinton. Can I leave that name in my post title?

  • Tim's mind||

    because god dammit he didn't get his deviled eggs!

  • Rather's mind||

    SMALL DICK... pickles... blog... why doesn't anyone love me... read my... SMALL DICK... Daddy loves me... little boys.. SMALL DICK...

  • db||

    Wow. Like, just how long did this guy think he had to suck Biden's dick before he'd get the prize? Sure. I'll sit in a closet, Mr. Vice President. Whatever you say, Mr. Vice President. Just give me "access," Mr. Vice President. Fuck. Just "Fuck."

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Men with guns suggested Powers stay in his temporary digs, Tulpa. What would YOU do?

    This is yet anoter opportunity to say "fuck this administration"... like we NEEDED more.

  • ||

    Well, everybody's bracket is officially fucked except Pro Libertate and Mr Simple. And Mr Simple has a huge leg up with UK still alive.

  • ||

    Whoever wins this game today wins the pool. If it's UK, Mr Simple wins. If it's UNC, Pro Lib is the champion.

  • ||

    I love upsets. They make everyone so...upset.

  • ||

    I love upsets, but not at the expense of Pro Libertate winning the inaugural (unauthorized) H&R Lanny Friedlander Memorial NCAA Bracket Challenge.

  • ||

    No danger of that now.

  • ||

    Florida betrayed me.

  • Johnny Castle||

    Nobody puts Scotty in a closet.

  • Rock Action||

    Nobody puts baby in a bodybag?

    Oh, wait, switched movie reference. Shit.

  • Rock Action||

    Crap. Even if UCONN wins? I have to lose to a guy named Mr. Simple????

  • Rock Action||

    That's for sloopyinca

  • ||

    OK, if UNC wins today and then loses to UCONN and UCONN wins it all, you would win. Wow. How did I miss that?

    If UK wins and UCONN beats them and wins out, you would win if 143 or more points are scored in the final. 142 or less and Mr Simple wins.

    Hope that clears things up.

  • Rock Action||

    Totally clear. Totally busted-ass brackets. I was lurking in the weeds...

  • ||

    This is how the "most open and accessible administration in American history" treats accredited news organizations. Imagine how open they are with people who disagree with them.

    See Something, Say Something.

  • Obama Invades Venezuela||

    Chavez Locks Up Press!

  • Rather Retarded||

    ...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    the vice president
    his donors are rare orchids
    ink kills their petals

  • ||

    Nice. Not my bag, but...nice.

  • ||

    English haikus are dumb. The Japanese use 5, 7, 5 on, not syllables. Also, the English language doesn't have kireji which is another requirement of the haiku.

  • Warty||

    The haiku form is terrible. That's what makes them fun.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    asian poetry
    self-loathing english speaker
    bad combination

  • ||

    Where did you get self-loathing? You don't have to hate English to realize that the English haiku is a bastardized piece of shit.

  • yonemoto||

    shut the fuck up dude
    english haikus aren't so bad
    you're just a dumb gringo.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Self-loathing" was the right number of beats. You try putting together a coherent thought using haiku. I don't know how the Japanese speak this way in everyday conversation.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    That is a tough one
    While Rather chokes on her phlegm
    I'll think about it

  • ||

  • ||

    There once was a gal with a blog,
    Who was born with the face of a dog.
    She would come on and blather.
    We all know her as rather,
    And can't wait to read her life's epilogue.

  • ||

    Rather is a girl?

  • ||

    She claims to be. You never noticed all her vagino-centric posts?

    My guess is "she" was born with a pair of assholes.

  • Rather||

    There once was a boy with a god,
    Who was born with the face of a hog.
    He would come on to Rather
    but all know he was fucking helle's bladder

  • ||

    You are the dumbest piece of shit ever to grace this board. Congratulations; you make LoneDipshit and Underschmuck look like they have normal intelligence.

  • Hugh Akston||

    At least they were entertaining.

  • ||

    C'mon, rectal. I can do a better one making fun of me.

    There once was a poster named sloopy
    Who rectal considered a groupie.
    He'd go over to rather
    and empty his bladder
    And once in a while take a poopy.

    Oops. Not what you were looking for, was it?

  • Almanian||

    Exquisite!

  • Warty||

    A++

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    It's painful that it considers this the height of wit and humor. Heck, that it considers it humorous at all is cause for shunning.

  • Almanian||

    Rectal, you ARE fucking awful at this. Don't do it any more - it's just embarrassing for you.

  • ||

    I'm not willing to wade through 150+ comments so I apologize if this old saw ha already been used.

    ♪ Meet the new boss (Hope?)
    Same as the old boss (Change?)♪

  • ||

    Don't think it appeared, but I would say you made a wise decision.

  • Rather||

  • ||

    Rectal adds plagiarism to her list of crimes against taste, style, intelligence, and nature.

    Why do you take the effort? No one will read it.

  • Rather||

    Epi, I don't think there is anyone in the world I hate more than you-believe me that is an encompassment

  • ||

    That means I'm doing something right.

  • Rather||

    BTW, you wop fraud, you didn't know to use stone-crushed olive oil, and you think fresh herbs are more potent than dried- Did you learn your gourmandise at Olive Garden?

  • ||

    You're so fucking dumb. It's astounding.

  • Epi's mind||

    I've been called on my stupidity by a girl-I know I'll call her dumb...no fucking dumb...I win!

  • Rather's mind||

    SMALL DICK... pickles... blog... why doesn't anyone love me... read my... SMALL DICK... Daddy loves me... little boys.. SMALL DICK...

  • ||

    OK. A quick search of some news sites turned up:

    FoxNews: this is on front page
    CNN: No results from Scott Powers search
    MSNBC: No results from Scott Powers search
    Politico: No results from Scott Powers search
    ABCNews: Search brings up story, not on front page
    CBSNews: No results from Scott Powers search
    Drudge: still main center column
    HuffPo: no search results

    But, there's no bias in the mainstream news media. Move along. Nothing to see here.

  • ||

    Yeah! Those right wing ratfuckers are making a huge deal out of this non-story with all of the really bad stuff happening in the world.

    This just in: reporter sits in closet!!!11%eleventeen!

    -----------------------------

    Everybody thinks that the media is biased against them, it has been studied. Me, I think that the press are a bunch of lazy alkies that will reprint govt releases in return for more free booze parties.

  • Almanian||

    A Bunch of Lazy Alkies would be a good name for a band. So would Free Booze Parties.

  • ||

    There used to be a band in Morgantown WV called Free Beer and Chicken.

    Every time they played the sign outside would say: Tonight only Free Beer and Chicken. I always wondered if anyone stumbled in from the street looking for free beer and wings.

    -------

    Is that how you spell "alkie"? Because I drink "alcohol", and not "alkohol", but alcie looks weird.

  • sevo||

    There's a sign outside a bar in Truckee, CA:
    "Free Beer Tomorrow!"

  • Rock Action ||

    I'd like to introduce the next band, whose debut album is "Entitled -- The Best Thing I've Ever Heard"

  • Rock Action ||

    And ladies and gentlemen, that's how you fuck a joke up.

    Oh, I'm laughing.

  • ||

    sloopyinca |3.27.11 @ 7:08PM

    CNN: No results from Scott Powers search
    MSNBC: No results from Scott Powers search

    I first read that as CNN and MSNBC being unable to find Scott Powers, which would be somewhat typical of the MSM.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    DU is on it, sloopy:

    http://upload.democraticunderg.....439x750076

    Of course, Team Blue is defending the Thug Veep.

  • ||

    Wow. The comments there are pretty telling.

    For some reason, I'm still shocked at how far Team Blue and Team Red are willing to contort their morals to justify what their guy or gal does. Unscrupulous is too kind a word for either party.

  • ||

    Wow. The comments there are pretty telling.

    For some reason, I'm still shocked at how far Team Blue and Team Red are willing to contort their morals to justify what their guy or gal does. Unscrupulous is too kind a word for either party.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    HuffPo finally chimes in:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....41313.html

    MediaMorons: Still silent.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Know who else regarded press with hauteur?
    His propagandists he could barely endure.
    Slavish devotion to spin
    still got under his skin!
    Yet he never hid Goebbels behind a door.

  • db||

    nah. I have to try too hard to make it scan. Love the premise though. Godwin limericks are the ne plus ultra of blog commenting.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I refuse to dumb down my art for mass consumption. (Well, actually it's sloopyinca's art, but the haiku are all mine.)

  • ||

    All your haiku are belong to sloopy.

  • Rock Action||

    Prediction: At some point, some guy from the BCS is going to assert that these basketball upsets are why the BCS exists.

  • ||

    Someone says that, and I'll have him tried for treason.

  • Amakudari||

    Well, it's exactly why the BCS exists, to keep comfortably dominant, well-moneyed programs in the most lucrative games.

    If anything, this tournament has shown the futility of computer-based rankings. The bulk of competitive inter-conference play ends in early December, and then teams rarely venture outside their conferences. That means the accumulated RPI/Sagarin/KenPom ratings etc. just slosh around inside a conference for three months, with the only change coming from how teams you played back in November are faring now (i.e. irrelevant reasons).

    This process rewards power conferences that show little progress (the massively overrated Big East, UConn aside) and hurts mid-major teams that really improve (Butler).

    And then they apply that to football, where there are only a handful of non-conference games, and much fewer games in the first place. The BCS is absolutely designed to ignore teams in weaker conferences.

  • Rock Action||

    I thought you said "tied," and I almost volunteered to kick him while he was down.

  • Rock Action||

    Jeez. Reply. Pardon me.

  • ||

    So Biden was making an appearance on an episode of Hoarders?

  • ||

    And Then There Were Two

    It comes down to a battle between two men, as Mr. Simple takes an 11 point lead over the only other possible victor into the Final Four. Plenty of names between him and Rock Action, yet they are merely bodies: bloodied and beated brackets strewn across the landscape of the H&R NCAA pool.

    As it stands, Rock Action needs UCONN to beat the Wildcats and the winner of the Butler/VCU contest, and at the same time see a final combined score of 143 or more in the final game to win. Anything short of this and the crown belongs to Senór Simple.

    The rest of the brackets are dead, with capitol l coming in tied with Leroy for second (pending the Rock Action scenarios). Pro Lib and The Schwartz both showed well another point back, with kilroy and myself rounding out the top seven.

    From there, David Blunier, Ayn Randian and Derek Onstott (a buddy of mine) round oiut the top ten.

  • Almanian||

    Is there a basketball tournament going on or something?

  • Matt Perry's 2nd Chin||

    Garey Busey's teeth vs. Dionne Warwick's dentures. Winner faces Star Jones' weave.

  • ||

    Looks like Canseco's time spent injecting his buddies' asses in bathroom stalls finally paid off.

  • sevo||

    Since this seems to be an open thread, and much as I hate (?) to interrupt hoops cheering, there are a couple of interesting issues in CA politics.

    1) "Nice little district you have there. Shame if anything happened to it."
    Seems there was a successful initiative which removed the redistricting authority from the assembly and substituted some 'citizens agency'. The final result of that is open, but the first result is quite interesting; the Dem assembly majority has been trading redistricting favors for GOP votes on spending. No more:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/.....1IIS7C.DTL

    2) Moonbeam has to sit in his own shit (he passed the Dill Act, requiring governments to 'negotiate' with unions):
    "Quinn added, because "this Legislature is run by the public employees unions (on the Democratic side) and the anti-tax people on the Republican side."
    "That's the problem," he said. "These (legislators) are not individual players."
    Now, this is from a partisan source, but even the Chron didn't bother to try to 'balance' that claim with a Dem counter-claim.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/.....1IJ48O.DTL
    Been a *long* time since I voted for either a Dem or a Repub, but.........

  • Hobie Hanson||

    Dental Thugs Imprison Patient
    -----------------------------

    Orlando abscess sufferer Scott Powers was confined to a waiting room by dentist Karl Von Nostrand, DDS's advance team Thursday when he tried to view a $500-a-tooth extraction at a local dental office.

    Powers had not sneaked into the event. He had made an appointment and was expecting to speak with other patients in addition to having his abscess drained by Van Nostrand and assistant Art Vandelay. Instead, when he got there he was told the dentist had not yet finished the previous appointment and hustled into a waiting room that seems to have better magazines than my apartment.

    The punchline here should be that the dentist's staff did Powers a favor by sparing him another of Van Nostrands's bloody, jaw-wrenching surgeries. But it turns out he was allowed out to have his procedure done and then returned to the waiting room. It's not clear how much manhandling went on -- Powers refers to poking his head out a few times to speak with his captors. There is a lot of wiggle room in the range of deference painkiller-dependent abscess patients have to show to prescription gatekeepers, so physical roughing up may or may not be necessary.

  • ||

    You should have given the dentist an Asian name. That would make the "bloody, jaw-wrenching surgery" thing a lot more plausible.

  • sevo||

    Hobie Hanson|3.27.11 @ 9:25PM|#
    "Very long and very stupid attempt at what only an ignoramus would consider satire".

    Uh, that's an F. Would you like to try again, or take the class over?

  • ||

    There's a commentor on here named Hobie
    Who's comedy is as dry as the Gobi.
    He thinks his jokes are money,
    but they're really not funny.
    He should drill out his eyes with a Ryobi.

  • Warty||

    So your character suffered from a dental abscess, but wanted to view a tooth extraction? Good work, idiot. Congratulations. You finally wrote something more insipid than the garbage on your fiction blog. I didn't think it was possible, but you did it. Have you ever considered going into political cartooning?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    And Hobie shows where his loyalties lie...

  • ||

    There once was a writer named Tim
    Who wrote with both vigor and vim.
    He wrote for the Times
    but never in rhymes.
    Now we know why their outlook's so grim.

    That's for you, Cavanaugh. Don't say I never did anything for you

  • Amakudari||

    The lunch consisted of caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread, grapes, honey, gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps. Drudge reports that there were also bacon deviled eggs. The Daily Mail makes no mention of the deviled eggs.

    Truly fascinating. A+ reporting.

  • Mi||

    grapes, honey, gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps. Drudge reports that there were also bacon deviled eggs. The Daily Mail makes no mention of the deviled eggs.

  • prolefeed||

    It's pretty simple -- if they tell a reporter he has to go in a room if he wants to cover an event, and he consents to that, then that is not kidnapping or a crime.

    If they tell him he has to go into a room, and he says no, and then they force him in there anyway and put a lock and a guard on the door, then that is kidnapping, no matter where in the U.S. it occurs.

    The issue is consent, not the niceness of the room or whether a guard is present. If your girlfriend offers to put handcuffs on you and put you in a locked room because you have been a bad boy, and you nod yes, and don't subsequently say no, and she locks the door and stands outside for quite some time in her black leather outfit and stiletto heels, that not only is not kidnapping, but something that quite a few men would pay big bucks to have done to them.

  • ||

    Does Scott Powers menstruate?

    What kind of pussy allows himself to be locked-up like this, and then says, basically, nothing?

    Oh yeah, I know, a reporter who agrees with his jailer.

  • bears! (repeating)||

    grapes, honey, gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps. Drudge reports that there were also bacon deviled eggs. The Daily Mail makes no mention of the deviled eggs.

    I think the inconsistent reporting is the real story here.

  • ||

    False imprisonment is an interesting tort (not crime). This strikes me as a marginal case. The elements are something like:

    ∙ Defendant intentionally
    ∙ By acts or threats,
    ∙ Causes Plaintiff
    ∙ To be totally confined,
    ∙ For an unreasonable amount of time

    ∙ Within boundaries, physical or intangible, established by Defendant,
    ∙ With no reasonable means of escape,
    ∙ To Plaintiff's contemporaneous knowledge of the confinement, or to Plaintiff's harm,
    ∙ Without consent or other legal justification.

    As far as I can tell, the only elements in question are the ones bolded above. I'm pretty sure a couple of hours would meet the time requirement. If they told him he couldn't leave the closet until the event was over, I think you've got false imprisonment. If they told him he could leave the closet only if he also left the building, I think you probably don't.

  • ||

    Something like? Come on, a lawyer can do better.

    In any case, if he could open the door and walk out of the building, it clearly fails the "no reasonable method of escape" criterion. The only way he could be coerced in retaliation for doing just that would be if the person standing by the door assaulted him in front of a room full of banquet attendees, which doesn't strike me as a credible threat.

    Now, if the person at the door was actually blocking the door, that might be a different story -- but good luck proving there wasn't consent.

  • McGehee||

    "...it doesn't excuse the administration's extension of the 'free speech zone' principle to the established press..."

    There ought to be no distinction between "established press" as a class, and ordinary citizenry -- both classes' freedoms are expressed in the same Constitutional amendment, and are separately mentioned only because in the 1780s "speech" meant only "speech" and the Founders wanted to ensure that *published* speech was also explicitly protected.

    Of course, by putting into practice a policy distinction between the ordinary citizen and the "established press," politicians have made it possible to ratchet away from freedom of both spoken speech and the press, by pretending temporarily that they can curb one without endangering the other.

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