Clinton Versus Christie, Deportations Dropped in 2013, Florida Bypasses New York in Population: P.M. Links

  • Caustion: "The Village" filming nearby.Credit: jonathan mcintosh / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SAHillary Clinton and Chris Christie are currently neck-and-neck in an irrelevant poll for the presidential race in 2016 I should feel guilty for even referencing, but I don’t.
  • The ACLU is planning to appeal today’s ruling that the National Security Agency’s bulk phone metadata collection is legal.
  • Today the Connecticut Police is releasing thousands of pages of redacted documents related to their investigation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
  • There was a 10 percent decrease in deportations in 2013, the first time the number has dropped since Barack Obama was elected president.
  • Florida is fixing to surpass New York in population, if it hasn’t already, making it the third most-populous state.
  • A professor in Iowa faked creating an AIDS vaccine in order get millions in federal grants.
  • Iran’s nuclear chief says they’re still working on developing new centrifuges for uranium enrichment.

Get Reason.com and Reason 24/7 content widgets for your websites.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up for Reason’s daily updates for more content.

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are currently neck-and-neck in an irrelevant poll for the presidential race in 2016 I should feel guilty for even referencing, but I don’t.

    Whoever wins, we lose.

  • SusanM||

    Fatass and fathead.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Which is which?

  • Cytotoxic||

    Christie...sigh...would be a big improvement over the SQ.

  • Sudden||

    Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are currently neck-and-neck in an irrelevant poll for the presidential race in 2016 I should feel guilty for even referencing, but I don’t.


    I didn't think Chris Christie had a neck.

  • PD Scott||

    Scowl and jowl?

  • Sudden||

    winner. But at this point, what does it matter?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Challenge accepted:

    Fatshit and Batshit?

    Preach and Screech?

    Humble and Bumble, wait...that wont work

  • C. Anacreon||

    Harpy and Blimpy?

  • Sudden||

    Pantsuit and moomoo?

  • Sudden||

    Fatshit and batshit is pretty good. But scowl and jowl still leads.

  • PD Scott||

    Ooh, ooh, village and grillage!

  • BigT||

    Nanny vs ninny!

  • Tejicano||

    Tweedle-(D) and Tweedle-RINO

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Tweedle-(D) and Tweedle-(Dumbo)

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    A professor in Iowa faked creating an AIDS vaccine in order get millions in federal grants.

    I thought the cure for AIDS *was* having millions of dollars.

  • Sevo||

    Only on South Park.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Those evil, money grubbing corporations killing people! Giving them AIDS so they will buy this fake stuff! It is just like the Tuskegee syphilis experiments except worse!

    Oh, no evil corporation in there? There must be, they had to be behind this. Alex Jones will get to the bottom of it.

  • ||

    A professor in Iowa faked creating an AIDS vaccine in order get millions in federal grants.

    But the consensus is that the vaccine works so it will continue to be funded.

  • CE||

    And a majority of voters elected a concern troll who says we have to get the shot, so Reason is cool with that, since it's libertarian through and through.

  • Suellington||

    Ort.

  • PD Scott||

    Remarkably, a good article on Cracked: 7 reasons the TSA sucks at security.

    The co-author was in charge of security at Ben Gurion Airport.

  • From the Tundra||

    Excellent article. Great lines throughout.

    My favorite, referencing a guy sneaking a fake bomb through the nudie-scanner:

    And he did it in Germany, a country where "airport security officer" isn't a synonym for "failed Walmart cashier"

  • CE||

    You can say that again.

  • From the Tundra||

    Excellent article. Great lines throughout.

    My favorite, referencing a guy sneaking a fake bomb through the nudie-scanner:

    And he did it in Germany, a country where "airport security officer" isn't a synonym for "failed Walmart cashier"

  • Ted S.||

    The lines are so great you had to quote them twice. ;-)

  • From the Tundra||

    Fuckin, A. Time to start drinking!

  • Ted S.||

    I didn't realize you ever stopped drinking.

  • From the Tundra||

    Sobriety and reality are a dangerous mix, kid.

  • SusanM||

    This article got cited at The Blaze , no less.

  • PapayaSF||

    Actually, Cracked is often very good these days.

  • Juice||

    If American airports were run like Ben Gurion, I think you'd be pining for the bygone days of the TSA.

  • PapayaSF||

    I'd rather be spoken to and looked at by an agent than have to empty my pockets, get myself and everything scanned, and maybe fondled by some TSA jerk.

  • ||

    I have nothing to say.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    me neither...Except about my new hat.

  • From the Tundra||

    Oh, did you get a new hat?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    *squints*

    Maybe Who told you?

  • ||

    I do have a bad indigestion problem I'm at wit's end trying to settle.

  • PD Scott||

    Did you try a little baking soda in warm water?

  • ||

    Really? That works?

  • ||

    Actually, my wife informs me my problem is acid reflux.

  • OO=======D||

    Drink less alcohol.

  • From the Tundra||

    He's Canadian, man. That's not an option.

  • ||

    Hootch and Frosted Flakes, baby.

  • From the Tundra||

    Breakfast of Champions!

  • ||

    You assume I'm a sot.

    Racist!

  • PD Scott||

    Baking soda probably isn't an ideal long term treatment for acid reflux (I understand too much can mess with your electrolyte levels) but back in the day (yea, in ye olden days before Tums did stride onto the scene) lots of people used bicarb for their indigestion.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Or eat a piece of chalk. That's really all TUMS are, with a little flavoring added.

  • CE||

    I thought they took the flavor out of chalk to make Tums.

  • JW||

    Actually, my wife informs me my problem is acid reflux.

    Doncha got them fancy purple pills in Canuckistan?

  • Ted S.||

    Yes, but you have to wait eight months for the doctor's appointment to get them.

    "But at least our health care system isn't like America's!"

  • PD Scott||

    You may well experience the most satisfying burp of your life.

  • ||

    Nice. Thanks.

  • ||

    A lot of paleo-ish diet folks seem to have had acid reflux problems and been cured. There's also a lot of people claiming huge health gains on the gut biotic front such as prebiotics, resistant starch, that sort thing. I'm not into it that much but it's something I'd definitely look into if I was having any sort of acid reflux issues. Apple cider vinegar might also help to correct gut biosis problems in the shorter run by cutting down fungus and restoring a more acidic gut.

  • Sudden||

    Any home remedies or dietary recommendations for those of us dealing with hemmroid flare-ups?

  • OO=======D||

    I have some ideas...

  • Steve G||

    Yep, pills just (poorly) covered it up for me, but ditching grains and/or dairy was the cure. Also for my Mom, who's spent the last 50+ years fighting it.

  • Steve G||

    acid reflux that is, not the 'roids...

  • ||

    Yeah, someone suggested apple cider.

    Ted, "we're not American!" High five!

  • Sudden||

    Presumably a top hat. Does it accessorize well with the blood diamond encrusted monocle?

  • Pompey||

    You may have the hat, but have you dipped into your orphans' monocle production quotas to complete the look? A little extra yelling and mind games will compensate for the lost piece. I find threatening to withhold gruel works best.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are currently neck-and-neck in an irrelevant poll for the presidential race in 2016 I should feel guilty for even referencing, but I don’t.

    Coming soon to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the rest of the alphabet networks, a hilarious comedy of errors and imbecility featuring an amoral opportunistic carpetbagger and a noxious and tactless mid-Atlantic governor.

    It's Snake and the Fat Man.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Honestly though this is going to be fucking hilarious. The whole end of 1st world civilization not withstanding.

  • Sudden||

    Poor Hilary. If there is one thing we learned from the Monica Lewinsky scandal is that Hilary can't compete with fatties.

  • prolefeed||

    Honestly though this is going to be fucking hilarious. The whole end of 1st world civilization not withstanding.

    Here's hoping the Christie versus Clinton matchup poll turns out to be as meaningful as the the Guiliani versus Clinton poll in 2008.

  • ||

    I want Schweitzer to go up against Paul.

  • Gene||

    It's Snake Snuke and the Fat Man.
  • Cliché Bandit||

    Fist wasnt first
    Suki is long dead
    Warty rules the night
    And Joe, DONDERROO, and MNG are nowhere to be found while VM sits by the lake in an alternate universe with a never ending thread...

    So Cold

    ...

    Alone

    ...

    In the rain.

  • JW||

    Look at the bright side, we still have all the Tulpas.

  • OO=======D||

    Warty rules is the night

  • ||

    Where in the hell are Tony and Captain Classical Liberal?

  • C. Anacreon||

    Where in the hell are Tony and Captain Classical Liberal?

    Due to reduced holiday staffing, the patients aren't allowed computer access this week at the state hospital.

  • ||

    Now I'll only picture them typing in gurneys.

  • ||

    I saw Suki like a week ago and how can you possibly miss joe?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I was temporarily banned for being too awesome. I don't know why the others were banned.

  • ||

    I was banned for pissing off the late, great Tim. I wear this as a badge of honor.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    600 Floridians involved in massive movie theater brawl

    Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.
    Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.
    The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
    Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.
    Sixty-two police officers were called to the scene to break up the brawl, “sequestering them and separating them,” Smith said.
    Only minor injuries and damage to property were reported. No gunshots were fired, according to Smith.

    Did they suddenly figure out why Tyler Perry keeps making Madea movies?

  • Sudden||

    No gunshots were fired, according to Smith.

    The theatre must've been a dog-free zone.

  • PD Scott||

    Because they've made him a very, very wealthy man?

  • Ted S.||

    And people make fun of me for preferring old movies.

  • PD Scott||

    Movie theaters are awesome, except for the ticket prices, overabundance of crappy previews and non-movie commercials, people on cell phones, non-cell related talkers, crying children, seat kickers…

  • C. Anacreon||

    I think the $7 fountain drinks more than make up for those problems.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Don't forget the $4 candy bars...

  • CE||

    And the 8 dollar tanker-sized popcorn. It's your best value.

  • Mike M.||

    Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are currently neck-and-neck in an irrelevant poll for the presidential race in 2016 I should feel guilty for even referencing, but I don’t.

    The poll is irrelevant because Blocko isn't leaving office.

  • Sevo||

    "The poll is irrelevant because Blocko isn't leaving office."

    Obo already tossed her ass.

  • Nooge.||

    eeeeeeeeewwwwww

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    LA teachers rubber-roomed pending sex-abuse investigations; teachers' union protests slowness of procedure and lack of due process

    Source: Calwatchdog.com

    http://fb.me/6m0estC0u

  • Nooge.||

    The sense of entitlement and arrogance from the union spokesman is appalling.

    "Sitting around and being paid to do nothing all day is a violation of union member rights! At least tell the teacher which kids sqealed!"

    Fuck those shitweasels with a rusty spoon.

  • OO=======D||

    Today the Connecticut Police is (sic) releasing thousands of pages of redacted documents related to their investigation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

  • ||

    Anything about the Bushmaster being found unused in the shooter's car?

  • Killaz||

    I looked up William Pauley after his abominal ruling on Wikipedia because nowhere mentioned in the report I read was who appointed him:

    William H. Pauley III (born 1952) is a United States federal judge.

    Born in Glen Cove, New York, Pauley received an A.B. from Duke University in 1974 and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1977. He was a law clerk, Office of the Nassau County Attorney, New York from 1977 to 1978. He was a Deputy county attorney of Nassau County Attorney' Office, New York in 1978. He was in private practice in New York City from 1978 to 1998. He was an Assistant counsel, New York State Assembly Minority Leader, New York from 1984 to 1998.

    Pauley is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Pauley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 21, 1998, to a seat vacated by Peter K. Leisure. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998, and received his commission on October 22, 1998.

    Ultimately, though it doesn't matter. Either party's president has to appoint New Yorkers to court positions and you don't get ahead in that environment without both being an enormous asshole or taking an antiquated scrap of paper telling you what government cannot do seriously.

  • JW||

    "That judge didn't give us a positive ruling. No matter, we'll just find one that will."

  • wareagle||

    he was nominated by Clinton. What am I missing?

  • Killaz||

    I'd spell out the implications of the above but I'm on too many watch lists as it stands.

  • BigT||

    Duke. Rhymes with puke. Smells worse.

  • Cyto||

  • ||

    There was a 10 percent decrease in deportations in 2013, the first time the number has dropped since Barack Obama was elected president.

    It's getting harder and harder to find a good deck chair re-arranger these days.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    ummm...I am not clear if this is because we are actively trying to deport 10% less or if there are 10% less to deport forcibly cause they fukin' left on their own...cause we broke.

  • John||

    And if it went up every year since he took office, I bet even this year it was higher than any year under Bush.

  • ||

    I find it funny that Media Matters and Mother Jones are bragging about how much more Obama is deporting then Bush:

    http://cloudfront.mediamatters.....-chart.jpg

  • PD Scott||

    Get there in a hurry: Spike S-512 could be the world's first supersonic business jet.

    Http://www.gizmag.com/spike-ae.....-jet/30242

    Spike says its S-512 will be the world's first supersonic business jet, boasting a cruising speed of Mach 1.6, and a maximum speed of Mach 1.8. The Spike team, made up of engineers with experience at Gulfstream, Eclipse and Airbus, has spent the last couple of years designing the Spike S-512. Initially to be targeted at business users for whom time is money, the aircraft is designed to carry a maximum of up to 18 passengers in the luxury befitting an aircraft with an estimated price tag of between US$60 to $80 million.

  • Bam!||

    Every 10 years, one of these pops up. There was this thing awhile back, then this one. And now this one.

  • Ted S.||

    The problem is the soccer moms won't like the sonic booms.

  • From the Tundra||

    Really? Define "soccer mom".

    No, wait! Don't!

  • Ted S.||

    They're certainly not Canadian, because those would be "hockey moms".

  • C. Anacreon||

    I think that's spelled "Pit bulls with lipstick"

  • Bam!||

    The first one I linked to, the SAI Quiet Supersonic Transport, supposedly would have had a sonic boom 1/100th that of the Concorde.

  • Generic Stranger||

    I lived not too far (in flight terms, anyway) from the Fallon Naval Air Base when I was a kid, before they cracked down on sonic booms over population centers. There'd be a sonic boom once every couple of months or so. 12-year-old me always thought it was pretty damn awesome every time it happened. Might have been less awesome if it happened more often, though.

  • CE||

    I lived by an air national guard base. We got a sonic boom pretty much every day.

  • ||

    I wonder when the government will outlaw thunder.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Piers Morgan gets laid out by Australian cricketer

    A belated Christmas gift to all.

  • Killaz||

    I laughed and I cried from laughing too hard. When Morgan meets his end by being ran over by a double decked bus in London while spouting on about gun free societies being safer than America, I will probably have an aneurism inducing orgasm from the joy it would bring.

  • JW||

    Aw, he was still conscious at the end.

    Piers could make some serious coin, opening that up to bidding.

  • Kid Xenocles||

    Does literally everyone hate Morgan?

  • C. Anacreon||

    Does literally everyone hate Morgan?

    Hate Morgan Fairchild? Don't despise her just because she used to date Dunphy.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Everyone with a soul.

  • ||

    I don't.

    But I really have no idea who he is.

  • ||

    When does Morgan call for cricket to be banned?

    Douche.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    That's the greatest sporting video since John Stossel asked David Schultz if wrestling is fake.

  • Cyto||

    Is that normal for cricket? The bowler only attempted to get one ball on the wicket. The rest were squarely aimed at the batsman. Doesn't seem..... cricket.

  • Jerry on the boat||

    Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are currently neck-and-neck in an irrelevant poll for the presidential race in 2016.

    What difference at this point does it make?

  • John||

    One is fat and the other is thought to be a lesbian.

  • Ted S.||

    I didn't know Chris Christie was a lesbian.

    SLD: Not that there's anything wrong with that, of rcourse.

  • SusanM||

    Well...if you've ever seen a leatherdyke softball team that joke might not be so funny :P

  • John||

    Remember when some people on here said that pajama boy was probably just some paid model doing a gig and thus shouldn't be an object of scorn? Well, it turns out he is exactly like you would expect him to be. Being that big of a douchbag is not something even the most skilled actor or model can fake. It has to be real.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/12.....liberal-f/

  • JW||

    He's like a flatulent chimera of everything loathsome about the proglodytes.

  • John||

    I am a Liberal Fuck,” Krupp wrote in one post. “A Liberal Fuck is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make the opponents feel terrible about themselves. I won every argument but one.”

    You can't make that shit up.

  • Cytotoxic||

    WE HAVE FOUND SHRIEK

  • ||

    No. I am pretty sure Krupp would be personally offended by Shrike's use of the term "christfag".

  • PD Scott||

    Did he win, or did the people he was arguing with just give up and walk away from the horror?

  • John||

    It is amazing how childish he is. Who over the mental age of 14, thinks they have won every argument they have ever had?

    He really is everything people read into that photo.

  • JW||

    He really is everything people read into that photo.

    It's unnatural how they managed to capture that so perfectly.

    One shot!

  • CE||

    He's still wearing jammies, so the over 14 argument doesn't hold water.

  • Cytotoxic||

    He thinks winning is contigent on making his opponents feel terrible about themselves.

  • John||

    I don't think they felt quite like he thought they did. And I hate to endorse violence, but my God, is it possible for someone to need a good ass kicking more than this smug little bastard?

  • Juice||

    Go to comments sections of Democrat blogs. This is what they all think.

  • Nooge.||

    He thinks sarcasm is a debating technique. Sarcasm in a debate, poorly employed, just makes you look retarded.

  • Sudden||

    Perhaps the worst part of his story there is that he spelled whisky without the e and I guarantee he wasn't drinking scotch whisky.

  • ||

    I noticed that too. If he's drinking a "whisky sour" using scotch, he's even worse than I thought he was.

  • CE||

    Bring him on here, and that winning percentage is going to go down.

  • ||

    Man. Man, man, man.

    Beatings.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • ||

    “I am a Liberal Fuck,” Krupp wrote in one post. “A Liberal Fuck is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make the opponents feel terrible about themselves. I won every argument but one.”

    So basically if he was in the closet he would be joe?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Female butlers becoming increasingly popular and fashionable

    The television hit series "Downton Abbey" might have spread the iconic image of the English manservant around the world, but the modern-day "Jeeves" is just as likely to be female as male.

    "Demand for female butlers is continuously rising," Sebastian Hirsch, the founder and owner of an international household staffing agency called Butler For You told CNBC. "In most hotels and private households now you're just as likely to be served by a female as a male."

    The number of clients requesting a female butler was almost on a par now with those enquiring after a male head of staff, Hirsch said. Out of the "several thousand" butlers on his books, around 300 of them are female and Hirsch said that this year, 40 percent of the inquiries he received through his agency were for female butlers.

    "I have been running Butlerforyou.com since 2008 and since then, each year I introduce more female candidates through word by mouth referrals and recommendations," he said, noting that the increase in demand was being driven by soaring standards of living among the world's new super- rich – both male and female.

    While high-net-worth women felt more comfortable with a female running their households, likewise, male employers in the Middle East preferred a female head of staff for cultural reasons, he noted.

  • John||

    It is called a Harem and you generally used a mother in law to run it.

  • JW||

    "Demand for female butlers is continuously rising,"

    Well, DUH. She's like an inexpensive call girl who cleans!

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm jetting off to Whore Island.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Ugh, that's a valet you vagabond. A butler is in charge of the entire household staff while your personal valet attends to you in private, doing things like dressing you, shaving you, and running errands.

  • JW||

    Ugh, that's a valet you vagabond.

    No, Serious, when they're dead, they're just valets.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I shall fetch a rug!

  • Sudden||

    My two best friends both had their first children in April and May respectively immediately after I went through my divorce in March.

    I advised both of them that instead of getting an Arnold-esque overweight elderly Mexican nanny, they should look into getting a German au pair in her early 20's.

    Both of their wives have politely asked I not be invited to a variety of functions.

  • JW||

    I see nothing wrong with your idea, other than making her Czech.

  • Sudden||

    That is Czech mate.

  • PD Scott||

    Get one from the Sudetenland to split the difference?

  • SusanM||

    Polish. No joking, either. I've met some stunners from there :)

  • prolefeed||

    There are incredibly beautiful women in every corner of every country in the world.

    Poland has no lock on that.

    That is all.

  • CE||

    And I've been to most of them.

  • CE||

    This isn't really news to us in the monocle and top hat set, my good man.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Has this been posted before? It's a year-end rerun of a New Republic article about the Clinton/Warren catfight and the Democratic voters who will decide the outcome.

    http://www.on.tnr.com/1ikS6ft

  • Cytotoxic||

    Now this is a case of 'whoever wins we lose'.

    But I'd still take Hillary over Warren anyday. I'd campaign for Hillary in that matchup.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Stalin versus Trotsky had more sympathetic antagonists.

  • Ted S.||

    EvH poting an article that's not about the war on Christians? :-p

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Did you miss my rubber-room link above, or are you noticing what you want to notice?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "There's more inmates like me, probably more deserving than me..." Crack offender whose sentence was commuted by Obama says there's plenty more prisoners deserving of mercy -

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....09236.html

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Oh, never mind.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Link blown, but good thing nobody checked it.

  • Andrew S.||

    I'm still at my in-laws. Still no booze, because booze is bad and there will never be booze in this house. My father-in-law saw something on the news about Snowden and was talking about how terrible it was that he did that, and that as long as we're safe, what the government is doing is justified.

    I really need to hide a flask somewhere.

  • JW||

    That''s why Zod invented bars.

  • Andrew S.||

    House is out in the middle of nowhere. At least a 20-30 minute drive even to a bar at a chain restaurant, let alone one where I can get a decent beer.

  • JW||

    From what you've told us, it's worth every second of the time it will take to get there.

    "Just running out to the mall, honey!"

  • ||

    I'm having a shotta-hootch for you.

  • Sudden||

    I will pour myself a dram of Ardbog tonight and wryly smile to myself at how Andrew S wishes he could be me tonight.

  • ||

    After a few years of not talking to each other, the FIL and I have reached an understanding which was greatly greatly exacerbated by the mutual circumstance of having a grandkid. Take a stand. What are they going to do, throw you out of the house? Annul the marriage?

  • CE||

    My dad called Snowden a hero. I drank to that.

  • prolefeed||

    I really need to hide a flask somewhere.

    You need to man up and openly drink in front of anyone you damn well please, and not give a fuck if anyone is butthurt about that.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    The Atlantic: Vermont's Crusade Towards Single-Payer

    Governor Peter Shumlin signed a revolutionary single-payer plan, Green Mountain Healthcare—the culmination of decades of work by progressive politicians in the state—into law in May 2011. The new system aims to guarantee universal insurance coverage, improve benefits for those who are currently underinsured, include universal dental care and vision care, and increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate to doctors in order to avoid cost-shifting.

    Yet that change has resulted in an echo of the problems Obamacare has faced in remaking the individual insurance market: Plenty of people aren’t happy about giving up existing insurance that they like.
    [...]
    Meanwhile, there are still major question marks about how Vermont will pay for the plan, whether it can achieve the projected savings, and what might happen when an American state tries to import a European-style insurance program. If the ambitious Green Mountain Healthcare is a success, its backers say it will serve as a model for the rest of the nation—especially if the ACA doesn’t achieve full coverage and help bring costs down. Then, they say, statehouses around the nation will look to Montpelier for guidance. But first Vermont has to figure out how the plan is going to work.

    Yeah good luck with that.

  • John||

    More live "Vermont's Crusade to ensure all of its residents go to other states to get health care".

  • Ted S.||

    What happens when doctors stop moving there?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Pass a Fugitive Doctor Law?

  • ||

    No surprise here.

  • JW||

    How could a medical care delivery system designed by lawyers and politicians possibly fail?

  • ||

    How could a "market" designed by lawyers and politicians possibly fail?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    If Obama hadn't been such an egomaniac, this is actually how it could have gone down--the Blue states would have gone about trying to set up their own single-payer healthcare systems. And because California probably would have gotten in on the action, too, we could have had both large and small-scale examples of that kind of system in action. Even when the systems didn't deliver on their promises, enough people in the media would have written sympathetic puff pieces designed to sway public opinion enough to get the rest of the states to fall into line. It could have been like gay marraige--suffering defeats at first but slowly gaining acceptance over time.

    And because Obama and his merry band of emotionally stunted morons were such control freaks, they went and fucked up the long game enough to the point that single-payer's only going to be a possibility in the bluest of blue states like Vermont. Thanks, guys, and I mean that sincerely.

  • np||

    Tales From the Code: The Christmas Panic

    It was “The Night Before Christmas.” At least that was the name of the story in Panic #1, a 1953 release from MC Gaines’ EC Comics. This story not only stirred controversy and was banned in the state of Massachusetts, but it also led to the arrests of both Bill Gaines’ associate, Lyle Stuart, and his receptionist, Shirley Norris. This is the story of the Christmas Panic.
    . . .
    Apparently, Panic #1 was too much for some people. First, several people in Massachusetts complained to Massachusetts Attorney General George Fingold. On December 18, 1953, Fingold called for the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to ban the comic book Panic within the state on the grounds it desecrated Christmas. The governor’s council cited the fact that the book featured a recently divorced Santa Clause as well as the instruments of violence depicted on the sled as grounds for the ban, declaring it depicted Christmas in a pagan manner.
  • np||

    Of course, the problems cause by Panic didn’t stop in Boston. The day after The New York Times story ran, Shirley Norris, the EC receptionist, was sitting at her desk in the EC offices at 225 Lafayette Street in Little Italy, when two policeman asked whether they could buy a copy of Panic, which of course she sold to them. After the purchase, the police announced they were there to arrest Bill as the President of EC Comics. Fearing for Bill’s health, Lyle Stuart hid Bill and offered himself up as the business manager.

    Stuart was arrested and brought down to the Elizabeth Street police station and charged with violating the New York Penal Law section 1141, which governs obscene prints and articles, and imposes misdemeanor penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine against
  • np||


    A person who sells, lends, gives away, distributes or shows, or offers to sell, lend, give away, distribute, or show, or has in his possession with intent to sell, lend, distribute or give away, or to show, or advertises in any manner, or who otherwise offers far loan, gift, sale or distribution, any obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, indecent or disgusting book, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, story paper, writing, paper, picture, drawing, photograph, figure or image, or any written or printed matter of an indecent character.

    The arrests did not stop with Stuart. As the statute provides, the penalty is against the person who sold the book. And that person was not Bill; it was Shirley Norris, the EC receptionist. So, the police returned to the EC offices later that day to pick up Norris. She had no idea that she was being arrested until she was placed in a room with Stuart. That was when she began to cry.
  • ||

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ospedale_della_Pietà

    Heaven forbid we do this.

    Nah. Better to just enable them. That's our solution in "compassionate" North America.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Basic HTML. Please scroll down to "HTML links". Thx.

  • Cytotoxic||

    SyFy is going to premier a new biohazard called 'Helix' in January. It's not a 'biohazard' because the series is about a pathogen, it's a biohazard because Ron Moore is in charge. Not getting me this time you fucker. "They were all pathogens the whole time!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXa9-OtopJs

    And here's another disease-related series coming courtesy of....Michael Bay called 'The Last Ship'. Watch it and behold. That acting. That dialogue. When I first watched this, I literally no-kidding thought it was a great parody. Had me laughing...then the laughing stopped.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZ6bpIjeLs

  • Cliché Bandit||

    ...then the laughing stopped.


    The moment; That instant right before. When the kernel of realization begins to make its way forward in your brain, THAT is horror.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Leonardo DiCaprio: The Movie

  • ||

    He is a very good actor.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Israeli model/actress Gal Gadot talks Wonder Woman casting

    It’s been said that you’re too skinny for the part. Wonder Woman is large-breasted, is that going to change?

    Hmm. I represent the Wonder Women of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is amazonian, and historically accurate amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go “by the book”…it’d be problematic.

    So you’re not going to gain a little weight and start eating carbs before filming begins?

    It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now. A very serious training regime – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things…I’ll gain body mass.

    Charming.

  • OO=======D||

    "Charming."

    Damn straight.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    your handle is accurate.

  • Killaz||

    Cheeky is charming. My favorite quality in a woman.

  • SusanM||

  • CE||

    We'll be the judge of that. If she works out like Henry Cavill did for Superman, I have no worries.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Oops, put my clemency link under the Clinton/Warren link.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    A&E backs down, says they'll put the duck guy back on the air. "In today's money inclusive community, we money our viewers and are deeply money committed to a broad range of money. Money Christmas." Or words to that effect.

    http://feedly.com/e/MTPf-pxi

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Source: Legal Insurrection

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    The pre-christmas marathon was a pretty good clue they were going to cave.

  • BigT||

    Even progs like Cuomo know their tax policies are anti-business. When they want to promote business they go for tax-free zones. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    http://startup-ny.com

    "There’s a new advantage to doing business in New York. A big one. START-UP NY, Governor Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative, is creating tax-free zones across the state for new and expanding businesses. Now businesses can operate 100% tax-free for 10 years. No business, corporate, state or local taxes, sales and property taxes, or franchise fees."

  • Bam!||

    "Now businesses can operate 100% tax-free for 10 years."

    And then some retroactive claw-back tax.

  • Cytotoxic||

    At the state-level, we've basically won the tax debate. If a prog like Cuomo in a state like NY is buckling, they've lost.

  • BigT||

    No. This is all temporary. As soon as filthy profits appear their tune will change.

  • CE||

    It's a race to the bottom. Somalia will win.

  • C. Anacreon||

    So if NY progs are doing this, why the ridicule from the Left for Rand Paul's essentially identical idea for Detroit?

  • prolefeed||

    Now businesses can operate 100% tax-free for 10 years. No business, corporate, state or local taxes, sales and property taxes, or franchise fees.

    I predict a host of businesses moving there that can easily relocate after 10 years.

  • RishJoMo||

    Sometimes man you jsut have to roll with the punches!

    www.BeinAnon.tk

  • BeerIsGood||

    I'm sorry if I offend, my first post to the worthy from someone who is not worthy... yet.

    Florida is fixing to surpass New York in population, if it hasn’t already, making it the third most-populous state.

    We have Snakes, Turtles, Gators, Sharks, Man-Of-War, Sting Ray species that can kill you. And on occasion, our Bears/Bob-Cats/Otters/Snakes will bite the shit out of you.

    As a Floridian, the population increase scares the shit out of me. Next up: Florida changes from purple to Blue (Fuck you Miami/Orlando). The next hurricane will shift us back to Red (The people who think the government will take care of them instead of taking care of their own will fail). Welcome to Florida, bring a gun,a generator, and three weeks worth of food.

    I'm grabbing another beer.

  • Nooge.||

    If the Repukes are actually stupid enough to nominate Christie, it will be hilarious to watch the media attempt to portray him as an ultra-right conservative. I'm not convinced even mainstream American voters are dumb or unobservant enough to believe that.

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online

  • Video Game Nation: How gaming is making America freer – and more fun.
  • Matt Welch: How the left turned against free speech.
  • Nothing Left to Cut? Congress can’t live within their means.
  • And much more.

SUBSCRIBE

advertisement