Paul Stops Short of Endorsing Johnson, Pot Ads During DNC, Drone Strike Goes Awry: P.M. Links

  • Ron Paul has warm words for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson but stops short of an endorsement.
  • Advertisements in support of marijuana legalization in Colorado will run on CNN and MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention. Any bets on the likelihood of the issue being brought up in the actual convention?
  • Bulgaria has postponed its plans to join the euro because of the obvious issues.
  • A U.S. drone strike in Yemen missed its target and killed 13 civilians. Yeah, that’s definitely not going to be brought up at the Democratic National Convention.
  • AntiSec hackers claim they’ve got 12 million unique Apple IDs they’ve gotten from breaching the FBI and have released a million of them. But they won’t answer questions unless some guy at Gawker dresses up in a tutu.
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia is another issue that won’t be brought up at the Democratic National Convention.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    But they won’t answer questions unless some guy at Gawker dresses up in a tutu.

    Let's hope the guy uses a Mac.

  • John||

    Like cross dressing is something new for the staff at Gawker.

  • T||

    NTTAWWT.

  • John||

    Absolutely.

  • ||

    Leela: Bender, let's hit the gym. I'm gonna teach you to fight like a girl.

    Bender: [vengefully] I'll put on my tutu.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Advertisements in support of marijuana legalization in Colorado will run on CNN and MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention. Any bets on the likelihood of the issue being brought up in the actual convention?

    We need to send Barack Obama to Washington to reform our draconian drug laws!

  • BarryD||

    And by reform, we mean "make even more draconian".

    Seriously, I'm surprised that these ads are running on these networks. This will only serve to remind voters of Obama's being a Drug Warrior. Every day, he seems more like Nixon, but without Nixon's renowned charisma.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Drone process. Obama's gift to Leviathan.

  • John||

    One could only imagine the kittens the press would have had if such a thing had occurred on the first day of the 04 Republican convention.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'd like to see a list of presidents with the most significant new expansions of government power directly attributable to each.

  • Tim||

    He's having a party while black people drown/explode.

  • ||

    Killing innocent people indiscriminately is a bipartisan process, ProL.

  • Pro Libertate||

    My point was that drone process was an innovation of this particular administration. Credit where credit is due.

  • ||

    That can't be, ProL. It has to be Bush's fault. Somehow.

  • Ice Nine||

    I'll have to check this but I think that makes you a TEAM RED fucktard.

  • John||

    When the drones hit the right target, the President is always happy to tell us how he personally selects all of the targets in the White House. This must have been a rogue drone or something.

  • Pro Libertate||

    That drone was a known Libertarian.

  • JW||

    Mens Diea: The state of mind necessary to meet the requirements of drone process.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Men's Direa: Time for Kaopectate.

  • JW||

    Better that 1,000 innocent people die, than for one suspected terrorist to escape.

  • Tim||

    "This was one of the very few times when our target was completely missed. It was a mistake, but we hope it will not hurt our anti-terror efforts in the region," a senior Yemeni Defense Ministry official told CNN."

  • T||

    If I was a completely cynical bastard, I'd say the Yemenis got the target they wanted. The US? Not so much.

  • Tim||

    The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden [Hardcover]
    Mark Bowden (Author)


    "The story focuses on Bin Laden, who maintained a stream of despairing correspondence in hiding in the year before his death, and on President Obama, perceived by many as an anti-war candidate, whose evolving views and enormous responsibilities have turned him into one of the most determined warriors to ever inhabit the White House."

    Gag me.

  • Pro Libertate||

    "Evolving views." When my views evolve, I move a few degrees, maybe. When a politician's views evolve, it's always closer to 180. Why is that?

  • Randian||

    Evolving is good.

    Flip-flopping is bad.

    CAN'T YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE? CLAP HARDER!

  • Pro Libertate||

    If biological evolution worked this way, life wouldn't exist. This election would be between two rocks.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I always vote "igneous."

  • Ska||

    This November I'm voting for feldspar.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    You fool! Don't waste your vote on some minor mineral!

  • Pro Libertate||

    I usually vote for granite.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    The Igneous Party always takes your vote for granite!

  • Ska||

    There's always somebody out there telling me where I should be casting my vote. As if igneous and sedimentary are the only choices out there.

    Metamorphic is a joke candidate, as usual.

  • Atanarjuat||

    A'a, guys, be gneiss.

  • Horologium||

    No, Metamorphic is the Republican candidate. All of his properties have changed, but he's still a rock.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    How can the drone have hit civilians, when anyone hit by a drone is classified as an enemy combatant?

  • Pro Libertate||

    That is a conundrum. Hmmm, can't really figure that one out.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Zapp: "Rock crushes scissors! ... But paper covers rock... And scissors cuts paper! Kif, we have a conundrum."

    Kif: *sigh*

    Zapp: "Search them for paper! And ... bring me a rock!"

  • JW||

    Quick! Add their names to the terrorist list!

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Bulgaria has postponed its plans to join the euro because of the obvious issues

    You mean the fact that Bulgaria's only national output is Olympic wrestlers and weightlifters?

  • T||

    "A huge totalitarian system has
    been brought to its knees because nobody wants to wear Bulgarian shoes."

  • Atanarjuat||

    Don't forget circus performers.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    AND WE WONDER WHY TEH WIMMINS DON'T VISIT REASON!!!

    Just getting that out of the way in anticipation of the inevitable misogyny inherent in the PM Lynx

  • John||

    Did Gary Johnson actually smoke marijuana before that picture was taken?

  • Tim||

    "Bad call? These people are dead, Barack! Don't you have any idea what you've done here? "

  • ||

    Tim, you know, I...I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.

  • Tim||

    How many drops for you is this, Mr. President?

  • ||

    Right, right. Someone said "alien"; Tim thought they said illegal alien and signed up!

  • JW||

    Hey Episiarch, have you ever been mistaken for a man?

  • ||

    No. Have you?

  • JW||

    Look into my eye.

  • ||

    We'd better get back because it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night. Mostly.

  • ||

    Now what the fuck are we supposed to do? We're in some real pretty shit now man!

  • JW||

    Allright, sweethearts, you heard the man and you know the drill! Assholes and elbows!

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    I don't know which [party] is worse, Burke. You don't see them fucking each other over a goddamn percentage.

  • Tim||

    Episiarch: No! Yemen is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't possibly...
    President Obama: [impatiently] You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the village! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: *Where* is the rebel base?
    Episiarch: ...Djibuti. They're in Djibuti.
    President Obama: There. You see, Lord Biden, he can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.
    Episiarch: WHAT?
    President Obama: You're far too trusting. Djibuti is too remote to make an effective demonstration - but don't worry; we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

  • ||

    I refuse to switch gears from Cameron to Lucas. Lucas has earned my undying enmity.

    Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?

  • Tim||

    As a matter of fact, yes.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Just watched "Return" last night with my seven-year-old twins. My daughter now wants an Ewok of her own.

  • ||

    They can bill me!

  • Tim||

    These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers.

    It won't make any difference.

  • ||

    Why don't you put her in charge?

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    At least it's a dry heat!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Failing to give the District of Columbia a voice at the convention this year, in particular, is a bitter pill to swallow," said Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who will be speaking Tuesday night, though her remarks are restricted to her role as a female member of Congress.

    Won't somebody please give those people from inside the beltway a voice in national policy???

  • Randian||

    Ron Paul has warm words for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson but stops short of an endorsement.

    Are the Paulbots going to cross over?

  • Proprietist||

    I think Paul is going to play the "I am strongly hinting that my followers should vote for Johnson, but I obviously can't officially endorse him because of Rand's political future in the GOP" Game.

  • Randian||

    That is a very annoying game to play. Yes, the GOP is malevolent, but your own son can either rise or fall on his own. He's a grown-ass man and a Senator, for galt's sake. It isn't Ron Paul's job to protect Rand.

  • John||

    HE doesn't have to protect Rand. But he sure can torpedo him if he chose to.

  • Randian||

    By endorsing his other party's candidate? I know the GOP is venal, but if they are literally visiting the "sins" of the father on the son, well, I don't see how the endorsement makes it all that much worse. Ron Paul's been a burr in the saddle for years...but suddenly the endorsement is going to make the GOP lash out?

    I don't see it.

  • John||

    It wouldn't affect Rand's ability to be a Senator. But if he ever wants to run for President? Damn straight people would visit the sins of the father on Rand. He would be finished.

  • wareagle||

    yup, the inside DC crowd is worse than the mob in that regard. The party bosses take very seriously one's allegiance, or lack thereof, to the family. Establishment Repubs barely supported Rand in his Senate campaign; they won't support any presidential bid if dad strays from the farm.

  • ||

    So what is Paul going to say on Leno tonight? Rumors are flying all over the interwebz that there will be a "big announcement." Any truth or just BS?

  • Pro Libertate||

    He's running for Senate?

  • OldMexican||

    Re: Randian,

    Are the Paulbots [sic] going to cross over?


    They sure will be encouraged by such terms of endearment, R.

  • Calidissident||

    By Paulbots do you mean Paul supporters or the die hard fanboys that care more about the guy than the liberty movement? If it's the former, I think most will (I am a supporter and will vote for GJ), the latter probably not so much. Did you vote for Paul and will you vote for Johnson btw?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A U.S. drone strike in Yemen missed its target and killed 13 civilians. Yeah, that’s definitely not going to be brought up at the Democratic National Convention.

    As long as Obama can count on those 13 votes.

  • Tim||

    Once all the innocent civillians are dead we can send in the Marines to finish that whole fucking place off.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    I think it would help clear out the innocent civilians if we sent the Marines in now.

  • Tim||

    Once we get in we discover that they're all pimps and whores.

  • Secret Service Guy||

    Whores? Did someone say there are whores to be taken care of? We're on it.

  • Proprietist||

    Hey, does anyone else here think it would be a good idea for Reason to have a discussion forum separate from the articles and blog? I feel like we have so many interesting threads that should be continued, but they get lost as the links drop and the story subjects change. Then again, I could imagine us spending all of our time in the forum instead of actually reading the articles. But, hey, ad traffic is ad traffic. I'd be visiting and commenting more if I knew our conversations could keep running beyond a few hour period.

  • Randian||

    There is a breakaway forum called grylliade.org that was dedicated to this, but it hasn't gotten any new members in a while.

  • ||

    There's a reason for that.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Randian says there's a grylliade for that, and you say there's a reason for that. We're just going around in circles here.

  • ||

    Let's just call the whole thing off.

  • Randian||

    I would not mind hearing your particular objections to it, though.

  • SugarFree||

    Epi is what the grylliaders were fleeing. He's as welcome as an elevator fart over there.

  • ||

    I'm not the only asshole at HitUndRun, Ben NutraSweet.

    (looks pointedly at NutraSweet and JW and Warty and Hugh and FoE and...well, all around)

  • Randian||

    Some people like it, and some people don't.

    *shrug*

  • ||

    Dear God, how long should a thread about TOS last? I mean, sure the thread may start out about some important, worldly topic. But you know damn well it will quickly degrade to Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly or LOTR. Without a new article, it could go on FOR-EVVVV-ER...

    ...FOOOR...EVVVVV...ER!

  • Randian||

    Statehood for the District of Columbia is another issue that won’t be brought up at the Democratic National Convention.

    May that political movement crash and burn. Forever and ever.

  • John||

    It is just too much to expect people to move to the next country if they want to vote for federal offices.

  • Randian||

    I assume you meant "county"

  • John||

    Yes. And it is not like the denizens of DC didn't know the rules when they moved there.

  • Randian||

    I was born and partially raised in DC, and I always hated those stupid "Taxation Without Representation" license plates.

  • John||

    me too. No one has to live in the District. It is the same metro area. Just move to VA or Maryland if voting is that damned important.

  • NoVAHockey||

    people laugh when i give that as a reason for not living in DC. there are other reasons, but it made the list.

  • T||

    The DC city council usually topped my list when I lived in the area.

  • Bobarian||

    Having ever been to DC should be reason enough.

  • Xenocles||

    And they always react scornfully to my plan for retrocession of most of the District back to Maryland. It's almost as if it's about gaining extra safe Dem seats rather than voting for Congress.

  • 21044||

    ^^^^^^^^ this ^^^^^^

    DC already has three EC votes they should not. Let DC be adsorbed into PG and/or Montgomery Counties.

  • ||

    Fifty years of Bond, James Bond movie posters. I really want to buy that From Russia with Love poster. I love how back in those days movie posters were colorful and depicted action scenes from the film.

  • John||

    The chick fight in the lower left corner of the From Russia With Love poster is epic.

  • Pip||

    Only 10 Bond films? I am disappoint.

  • ||

    You can buy a special remastered Blu-ray collection of all the Bond films that comes with a coffee table book of all the movie posters.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006U.....B006U1J5ZY

  • Randian||

    That's a hell of a deal.

    But...is it remastered so that Scaramanga shoots first? Because fuck that.

  • John||

    No. But several large wookies and land crawlers are added to scenes around Goldfinger's secret lair via CGI and for absolutely no apparent reason.

  • Randian||

    They digitally altered Baron Samedi's make-up to look like a smiley face, I hear.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    And they're all carrying cell phones...

  • Randian||

    This a *Samsung* PPK.

  • NoVAHockey||

    oh that pissed me off.

  • ||

    Since The Man with the Golden Gun is without dobut the worst Bond movie ever (in spite of having Christopher Lee and Tattoo), I wouldn't neccessarily object to Lucasing it. At least it would be different.

  • John||

    Any movie with a young Britt Ekland is not the worst anything Serious Man.

  • ||

    John, if you want to see young Britt Ekland naked, and see one of the best horror movies of all time (Christopher Lee, who is also in it, called it "the Citizen Kane of horror movies), watch the original Wicker Man.

  • John||

    Wow. Thanks. I will have to check that out.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Plus Kyle and Stan would look totally awesome at Goldfinger's lair

  • Bobarian||

    Did you not see Octopussy?

  • Bobarian||

    TBS won't even show that one.

  • ||

    You know, the thought of Lucas ever getting his hands on this classic Bond scenescares me.

  • John||

    Johnny Depp shows his limousine liberal creed by leaving France to escape taxes. What, does Mr. Depp not want to pay the price necessary for civilization?

    http://finance.townhall.com/co....._tax_hikes

  • Tim||

    He's evolving.

  • ||

    To look and feel human (or just rich)?

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    He's surrendering. That's so....French of him...

  • Sevo||

    Stanford researchers:
    'We can't find any reason for you to pay for some 'organic' label hogwash'
    Commenters:
    'You can't prove it won't hurt me!'
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/art.....836453.php

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    you can't fix stupid - as if we needed more evidence

  • The Hammer||

    God, the echo chamber in the comments is astonishing.

    "Cheap food is not the greatest good."

    Who gives a fuck if some poor people starve? I get to keep loving the smell of my own farts!

  • Sevo||

    "Cheap food is not the greatest good."

    This is stupid ^2.
    If there were *any* measurable difference in the foods other than cost, the bozo who wrote that might have a point. There is none.
    So bozo is simply saying 'it's better to pay more for the same goods'.
    Even shithead isn't *that* dumb.

  • Sevo||

    "A U.S. drone strike in Yemen missed its target and killed 13 civilians. Yeah, that’s definitely not going to be brought up at the Democratic National Convention."

    'Delegates! Attention, please! Have you seen the latest disaster caused by Bush?!'

  • John||

    If it wasn't for that God damned Bush in the White House, we could end this war.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I wish people would see what a danger Bush is to our freedoms and our economy.

  • Sevo||

    "If it wasn't for that God damned Bush in the White House, we could end this war."

    We should vote for someone promising hope and change!

  • OldMexican||

    A U.S. drone strike in Yemen missed its target and killed 13 civilians. Yeah, that's definitely not going to be brought up at the Democratic National Convention.


    Ah, they will blame Bush, as usual.

  • Sevo||

    Too late, OM; you been scooped!

  • ||

    Oh boy, from my Facebook feed where it was posted by an outraged friend of mine: 21 Ways Rich People think Differently.

  • ||

    They're not human!

  • ||

    Should I troll him by posting this speech from Glengary Glenn Ross? The whining from his like-minded friends is annoying.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCf46yHIzSo

  • ||

    PUT THAT FUCKING COFFEE DOWN.

    You see this watch?

  • ||

    If only the real Alec Baldwin weren't such a leftist douche.

  • Brett L||

    OBEY

  • Xenocles||

    They only learned to think like that because of their privilege. Also poor people are stuck thinking like poor people because of their lack of privilege. Yeah.

  • ||

  • Pip||

    In Soviet Union, successful dominatrix becomes you!

  • Brian from Texas||

    I don't think Ron Paul will openly endorse either Johnson or Romney.

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