Ben Nelson Quits, Stratfor Spins Hack, Brees Breaks Record, and More: Reason PM Links

Obamacare claims another victim. Sen. Ben Nelson, who used the railroading of the unpopular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to bring Medicaid pork to the Cornhusker State, gives up his hopeless effort to save his seat. Desparate Democrats float the possibility of having former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey return from New York and run for the seat.  

Egyptian court rules against virginity tests for female detainees. Months after military police beat, shocked and strip-searched women arrested during protests against the country’s ruling military junta, an Egyptian administrative court has banned "virginity tests" for women in custody. "Justice has been served today," says Samira Ibrahim, who sued the government after being subjected to a test after she was arrested during a March protest. 

Stratfor just decided to shut down for a while and give away its client information. After getting hacked by Anonymous on Saturday, private intelligence company Stratfor says the large amount of client data was not from “private clients” but was “merely a list of some of the members that have purchased our publications and does not comprise a list of individuals or entities that have a relationship with Stratfor beyond their purchase of our subscription-based publications.” As if that’s not enough of a load off, Stratfor says it has hired a private consultant in order to “better serve you.” But three days later, Stratfor's site is still displaying an “undergoing maintenance” sign on its index page. 

The end of Tebowmania? New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaks single-season passing yardage record set by Dan Marino in 1984. Recent birthday boy Jesus unavailable for comment after allowing Bills to clobber Broncos on Christmas Eve.

Flops, in and out of theaters: Disappointing Christmas box office caps horrible 2011 for Hollywood. Ticket sales are down 4.5 percent from 2010. The $175 million Berkely Breathed adaptation Mars Needs Moms was such a dud it made 247WallStreet's list of worst 2011 product flops. All hopes for a 2012 box office recovery are now riding on the performance of Home Run Showdown.

Union blues: A great man discusses SEIU and building takeovers: 

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  • ||

    Fist!

  • Vaghole Lockdown||

    ...is in the house.

  • anon||

    "Is in the house." appears to be out of context. Perhaps my computer cut part of your message off. Would you please enlighten me as to who is in the house?

  • Read the subject header...||

    ...aka, "name."

  • Xenocles||

    I'm starting to think there's something wrong with the site. Two separate comments seem to have been cut off in mid-sentence!

  • I'm fed up with you, Dorian.||

    ~Niko [Orestes Matacena]

  • Xenocles||

    It's an epidemic now. Three different commenters have been censored by these infernal squirrels. I beg the Jacket to take notice and do right by these poor folks.

  • P-A-R-T-whY? ||

    Because I gotta! ~The Mask

  • ||

    In your face, FoE! Thanks, Tim!

    The end of Tebowmania?

    Timmy has learned that Nietzsche was right.

  • Sevo||

    "Nietzsche is dead"
    God

  • God is Ned.||

    Flanders.

  • ||

    Every notice that Ned's kids are named Rod and Todd, both of which rhyme with God?

  • Oh, Rod! Oh, Todd!||

    It's an orgasmic revelation.

  • Sudden||

    The most disappointing aspect to the end of Tebowmania was that, by losing to the Bills while the Lions beat the Chargers, the improbably scenarios came to fruition that would allow my Chiefs to sneak into a playoff spot if only they could dispatch the lowly raiders and then have the awesome Orton vs Tebow game for the division crown.

    Instead, my Chiefs shit the bed, and now either the teams that embody holy myth and unholy myth are the ones contending for the AFC West crown while my Chiefs are up shit's creek.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Well, what have we here?

  • ||

    "This is Captain Episiarch of the Starship H&R. Whoever finds this, please get it to Reason Command. I'm engaged in personal combat with a creature apparently called a Fist of Etiquette. He's immensely strong. Already, he has withstood attacks from me that would have killed a normal commenter. Fortunately, though strong, he is not agile. The agility, and I hope the cleverness, is mine."

  • anon||

    This post needs to be pasted on the front of H&R to warn all before entering.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It's this full-body latex suit, it cuts down on maneuverability. And it's sweaty.

    (Probably not the first time you've heard that, eh, skipper?)

  • ||

    "The Reason editors, the creatures that sent us both here, said that the internet provides the raw material...to construct weapons. There's very little here--unread blogs, porn sites, an abundance of trolls, sockpuppets, and griefers--but no weapons in the conventional sense. Still, I need to find one; bare-handed against the Fist, I have no chance."

  • anon||

    Oh, if only a latex glove were available.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I shall be merciful... and quick (unlike with the ladies).

  • ||

    Too bad the Gorn doesn't have more lines.

    "A large deposit of troll comments on the thread. Perhaps, the densest substance known in the universe. Moronic and pointless, and too stupid to be useful as a weapon. An incredible number of posts, yet I would trade them all for a registration system or just a good, simple banning. Yet, the editors said there would be weapons...if I could find them. Where? What kind?"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Hisssssssssssssssssssssssssss...

    (And then, in the remastered version, my eyes blink. So there's that.)

  • Gojira||

    Don't worry, FoE. Episiarch is actually just Eddie Murphy in a fat-suit.

  • ||

    The remastering they did on the episodes is so good, you forget how bad the effects used to be. See, Lucas? Enhance, don't modify, you asshole.

  • anon||

    Not much better than reading this in The Shat's voice.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Epi didn't put any ellipses in there to signify an awesomely halting speech pattern. He'd never make it in Reasonfleet.

  • ||

    I shall be merciful... and quick (unlike with the ladies).

    So you are unmerciful... and quick with the ladies?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You know damned well that's not what I meant. Merciless and quick.

  • peachy||

    When I saw the headline "Ex-aide: Ron Paul's foreign policy plan is 'sheer lunacy'", I just knew Donderoooo had crawled out from under his rock...

  • fish||

    Ah! Good to see the MSM going back to the well one too many times!

  • fish||

    Well when the “undergoing maintenance”, page comes down I really want to get some additional information about the upcoming war between the U.S. and Japan! More chocolatey goodness from the mind of George Friedman!

  • Union Jerbz!||

    You know what those yellow bastards did? They bought Perl Harbor!

  • fish||

    I said ....upcoming.

  • ||

    stand with true conservatives like Jim DeMint in backing Don Stenberg at Facebook.com/StenbergforSenate

  • Sevo||

    Any reason why?
    Wiki says he's another career politico who, under "private sector", worked for a total of 3 years for the former governor, his old boss.
    And WIH is a "true conservative"?

  • LINO||

    Libertarian In Name Only.

  • CalebT||

    I'm actually desiring a Broncos berth in the playoffs. The Jesus shit got old before it even got started, but I still wouldn't mind seeing a few jerkoffs (Maher!!!!) get apoplectic at a conservative, white Christian be successful.

  • Make up you mind, scro'.||

    And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

  • Mo||

    Yeah, I remember back in 99 when the Rams were running roughshod on the NFL; people hated the whole "supermarket stock boy destroys the NFL" story because he was a conservative, white Christian.

  • Jesus||

    Broncos will still make the playoffs. Abraham had them to win this week, so I had to take the Bills. Retarded goat herder thinks he can bet against me.

  • Sudden||

    The Broncos and Raiders will both lose this week, thus resulting in the Broncos backing into a playoff spot, where they will be subsequently raped by Big Ben in a fashion that would make Steve Smith blush.

  • STEVE SMITH||

    STEVE SMITH NOT WORRIED BECAUSE STEVE SMITH RAPE BIG BEN (WHO NOT NEARLY AS BIG AS STEVE SMITH IF YOU GET MEANING) AFTER GAME.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Sen. Ben Nelson, who used the railroading of the unpopular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to bring Medicaid pork to the Cornhusker State, gives up his hopeless effort to save his seat.

    Watching these a-holes drop, I thought would bring me a modicum of joy. But knowing they're leaving wealthy with, no doubt, plenty more taxpayer dough coming to them long after leaving D.C., somehow robs me of that joy.

    If PPACA gets struck down, however, and they sacrificed their seats for naught... that might give me a boner.

  • Maxxx||

    with, no doubt, plenty more taxpayer dough coming to them long after leaving D.C., somehow robs me of that joy.

    When was the last time that a former congress critter left DC?

  • Apatheist||

    Hot Air commenters come out in support of Obama:

    http://hotair.com/archives/201.....rd-choice/

  • hazeeran||

    "Not a hard choice at all. “Better the devil you know.”

    Obama is predictable. We know he’s a Marxist.

    All we know about RP is that he’s batsh*t insane. “Loose cannon” doesn’t even begin to describe the danger."
    -"Splashman"

    Isn't that nice, take Obama over the anti-Obama. Is he a fabled "true conservative"?

  • hazeeran||

    I bet Splashman probably tells libertarians to not make the perfect the enemy of the good 5 minutes later in real life conversation.

  • mR wHIPPLE||

    Has there been a Dondero thread, yet? He made some comments about Ron Paul recently.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politic...../id/422225

  • mR wHIPPLE||

    Previe, dammit!

  • Mr Whipple||

    OK, all fixed, now.

  • Colin||

    It appears he's persona non grata here for some reason. He hasn't even appeared in the comments section for a while. Which is a shame, as there used to be some fun fights.

  • tarran||

    He stays away because he kept getting his ass handed to him. Al Queda launching Scud missiles from Mexico indeed.

  • Sevo||

    Colin|12.27.11 @ 8:47PM|#
    "It appears he's persona non grata here for some reason."

    So's Shriek and vermin shit; doesn't stop them from posting.

  • Coeus||

    Even better, Donderooo made Jezebel.

    http://jezebel.com/5871332/ron.....h-speakers

    Comments from those doing everything in their power to remain hypocrites:

    This is how I understand it. But like others have said in this thread, just because you arrive at a place of reason and find Ron Paul there does not mean he followed that same path of reason to get there. And this is one of those times where the path taken to get to the conclusion is as important as the conclusion itself.
  • mad libertarian guy||

    It's all about PROCESS!!!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The end of Tebowmania?

    There's still Peebowmania, right?

  • Colin||

    Don't quite understand why you're attacking Tebow. Is his unlibertarian in some way? Or did you just morph into Bill Maher?

  • Gojira||

    Maybe he just doesn't like him as an NFL player, or his cohort of obnoxious fans.

    Believe it or not, some people don't like Tebow for reasons that have nothing to do with his personal religion.

  • Brett L||

    Some of us hate him for being a Gator. Not even Jesus can fix that.

  • Gojira||

    Bingo. Being a Georgia fan (in addition to Texas Tech), Tebow shat down my throat multiple times. I hates him forever, just because of that.

  • ||

    Because some of us are incredibly tired of hearing the Sports Center dopes talk about Timmy for 20 minutes straight instead of, say, the Packers when they were undefeated?

    Like any fad, it became immediately annoying.

  • Sudden||

    SportsCenter bloviated for plenty of time about the Packers too. They slobbered Rodgers knob even more than Teblow's.

  • Shmenge||

    To be fair, Rodgers more or less deserves it. He's had a pretty good season.

  • Mo||

    When Tim Tebow has a 122.5 QB rating, a 9.2 Y/A and a 45 to 6 TD/INT ratio, we'll talk. As of now he's at 75.9, 6.7 and 12:6.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Mo, he did have three touchdown in his last game.

    Too bad two of them were to the other team.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "I don't really, philosophically, have a problem with private sector workers organizing in order to get what unions are supposed to get them, which is better wages and benefits, and use their leverage that way."

    -Tim Cavanaugh, future Reason Contributors Union organizer

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Wait a minute. Cavanaugh wrote a movie?

  • PantsFan||

    Take that, Kardashians

  • Devil's Advocate||

    Honestly, I feel bad for the husband. She sounds like a nut. He's a physical therapist, and I get that a lot of people in the helping professions gravitate to fixer-uppers, but some people just can't be fixed, dude.

    Also they only knew each other for three months before getting married. *cue eye roll*

  • Sevo||

    "people in the helping professions"

    What would this be in English?

  • Devil's Advocate||

  • Sevo||

    So it's not available in English? Looks like hogwash to me.

  • Slap the Enlightened!||

    There is that. But I also feel sorry for the little Hibernian cue-ball. She really did have talent. She wrote with the lucidity and honesty only people that far out on the edge can.

    Unfortunately, things tend not to end well for those kind of people....

  • ||

    Not in your autobiography, I assume

  • ||

    I get that a lot of people in the helping professions gravitate to fixer-uppers

    Particularly female fixer-uppers with that kind of body. Roseanne Barr and Delta Burke never had trysts with their therapists for some reason.

  • ||

    OT: Interesting education tidbit:

    In the Netherlands, you have to attend school until you're 23 or until you complete high school-level education, and attending school is mandatory until you're 18

    Fuck me

  • tarran||

    Gotta make sure the peasants are properly indoctrinated w/ loyalty to the state.

  • Koan||

    The new anti-Paul meme: "We love Ron Paul. Now, let me show you how to get rid of those chemtrails.

  • PantsFan||

    Cute. Denmark thinks they can play hockey.

  • KDN||

    I have no problem bringing more countries into hockey's periphery; just look at how Basketball's international expansion has affected the competitiveness of their tournaments and increased the talent level in the NBA.

    I wonder if the US is going to lean heavily on Merrill as the tournament goes on; he's older than most WJC players and has NHL Blue Chip talent but he hasn't played all season for Michigan because he's a character case. He should be one of their 3 best players, but can you win a tournament when one of your top guys is still getting the rust off?

  • BigT||

    Newter Gingrich:

    I think Barack Obama is very destructive to the future of the United States. I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American," Gingrich said Tuesday in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer.

    Could he vote for Paul? "No." If it came down to Paul vs. Obama? "You'd have a very tough choice at that point."

    http://decoded.nationaljournal.....-worse.php

  • ||

    He's not even a neo-conservative -- he's much worse. God, if you exist, don't allow this fat fucking would-be tyrant succeed to any degree.

  • Doktor Kapitalism||

    Too late. But maybe he can be prevented from doing further damage to freedom.

  • Lewis H||

    Mitt is the man!

  • yonemoto||

    who let the dogs out?
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDwwAaVmnf4

  • Mr. Chartreuse ||

    The things is, if Wesley Clark is to be believed believed, the neo-cons are pretty close to their original goals:

    I just got this memo from the Secretary of Defense’s office. It says we’re going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years – we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

    Newt seems like he wants to finish the job, and then pick a new set of 7 countries to take out (watch out Faroe Islands!).

  • Lewis H||

    I read that as Wesley Crusher and it totally made more sense.

  • Cytotoxic||

    He wants to destroy the government of Somalia? Uhh....

  • ||

    Yeah, that's a head-scratcher. The Western-recognized transitional govt only controls a small sector of Mogadishu, so destroying them would be kind of pointless. There is a de facto govt in northern Somalia along the Gulf of Aden, but no one recognizes them.

  • yonemoto||

    but rOOAADS!!

  • hammy||

    Anyone got a live stream of the Kim Jong Il funeral?

  • PantsFan||

    CNN has some live pictures of people wailing.

  • Lewis H||

    The USA should invade the USA and win the hearts and minds of the population by building roads, bridges and putting locals to work.

  • Rev. Blue Moon ||

    Ooh, 2004 called and it wants its bumper sticker back.

  • Sevo||

    Lewis H|12.27.11 @ 10:42PM|#
    "The USA should invade the USA and win the hearts and minds of the population by building roads, bridges and putting locals to work."

    You got your first wish; Obama was elected.
    Unfortunately, the rest of your 'stuff' didn't happen because you got your first wish.

  • Egyptian administrative court||

    Egyptian administrative court has banned "virginity tests" for women in custody

    "Virginity tests" for men, though, ....

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The end of Tebowmania?

    I fucking hope so.

  • Slap the Enlightened!||

    Maine officially goes to hell...

    others to follow soon....

  • Csonka||

    Great success!

  • Csonka||

    Hey Tim Cavanaugh, did you go to Northwestern? I think I may know you.

    I love rooting for Tebow, because so many dark-hearted cynics can't wait for him to fail. And, you know, doctors told his Mama to kill him but she said nuh-uh.

    I remember some dumbass piece in Deadspin about how not only wouldn't he make it to the NFL, but if he did, he'd surely be snorting coke off of hookers. Maybe Timmy will pick that up with a "quicker release." I could see the Chiefs/Broncos game going either way. Chiefs would love to bounce the Broncos out of the playoff picture.

    Brees is easy to root for, but my heart belongs to Marino. If only he ever had a real team around him!

  • J_L_B||

    Marino. If only he ever had a real team around him!

    Dictionaries should feature this as the definition of truth. Mark Higgs was his best running back, MARK HIGGS for heaven's sake!!!

  • Monty||

    As a Broncos fan who expected the season to suck, I am glad that the Tebow got the start and made it interesting. The people who trashed Tebow from the draft until about 8 weeks ago and then heaped the sickening praise are now on the backside of the build up and destroy. If the Broncos make the playoffs it will be fun to watch the buildup if they win or the destroy if they lose. Good fun for me either way cause I expected total suckfest and got some entertainment.

  • Csonka||

    I call him Baby Jesus, and I think he's cool.

  • hammy||

    Why does Santa hate the planet?
    http://www.mnn.com/your-home/a.....ous-spirit

  • PantsFan||

  • Csonka||

    I wonder if Cheetah had a bet with Abe Vigoda who'd die first?

    Weirdest obit ever. Not because it's about a chimp, but because the way it ends it's almost like a hit piece!

  • Rich||

    Cobb says Cheetah wasn't a troublemaker. Still, sanctuary volunteer Ron Priest says that when the chimp didn't like what was going on, he would throw feces.

    He was a frequent commenter on Hit & Run.

  • Good One||

    +1.5

  • Brett L||

    Jesus. 80 years old.

  • yonemoto||

    Tim, everyone knows that christmas is *the day we celebrate jesus' birthday*, not jesus' birthday proper.

  • Emily Gardener||

    "Not a hard choice at all. “Better the devil you know.”

    Obama is predictable. We know he’s a Marxist.

    All we know about RP is that he’s batsh*t insane. “Loose cannon” doesn’t even begin to describe the danger."
    -"Splashman"

    Isn't that nice, take Obama over the anti-Obama. Is he a fabled "true conservative"?

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