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Reason Morning Links: Firin' Missiles, Firin' Executives, Fire in the Pits of Hell

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• North Korea launches missile, flummoxes the world.

• The administration says it's prepared to fire people who work at banks, too. On a related note: See this.

• Next time the White House decides a company needs to be reorganized—or subsidized—these guys might have some advice.

• So much for cutting farm subsidies.

• Creepy "cybersecurity" legislation.

• Palestinian unity talks grind to a halt.

• An update on Iraqi refugees.

• The myth of water wars.

• The backmasking crowd discovers Obama.

• Cops break up a pillow fight.

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  1. police confiscated the 32-year-old man’s pillows but returned their cases

    Soft on crime! It’s still an open case!

  2. Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mediate between Fatah and Hamas failed a few years ago. I am not surprised that Egypt’s efforts failed.

  3. SugarFree | March 30, 2009, 11:06am | #
    Leftists are perfectly fine with “consumer culture” as long as they get to choose the winners and the losers.

    Obama makes the tough decisions.

    I think it would be funnier if that wasn’t what he was doing.

    (For those who can’t watch, SNL of Obama choosing which companies will be allowed by the government to survive. “Coke… you made it and Pepsi as well, but not 7-up. You should have seen this coming.”)

  4. The pillow confiscation is just absurd. Distain for the second amendment has gone so far that you can’t even keep a pillow. I can just imagine the bill to require a manditory 5 day waiting period before purchasing a pillow. Oh, and make sure only a licensed interior decorator picks the pillow case for it.

  5. Sugarfree. Dude. I linked to that in the post…

  6. Jesse, don’t discourage him! We’re all just glad he didn’t mess up the link this time.

    One step at a time, man. Now we hope he’ll read the post before commenting.

  7. Soft cases make bad law.

    Politics makes bedfellows strange.

    This’ll go on your wrap sheet, Son.

  8. Cops break up a pillow fight.

    Was an unlicensed interior decorator involved?

  9. poor Sugarfree.

  10. Obama cutting ag subsidies? About as likely as him allowing repayment of TARP funds. Farmers are about to get the lesson that GM and the banks are starting to figure out. Go around with your hand out, and the one paying the bills owns you.

  11. Damnit, sorry Jesse. I didn’t check the addendum link.

    I’ll be in my shame corner.

  12. Jesse and Jerry,

    If the link worked it could have been an imposter.

  13. The bill does not only add to the power of the president. It also grants the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.” This means he or she can monitor or access any data on private or public networks without regard to privacy laws.

    Sadly, I called this last week.

    I fucking hate this guy…

  14. Taktix?,

    Good thing nobody on this board or magazine voted for Obama, huh?

  15. Archie: Jughead, why are you writing so fast?

    Jughead: I’ve got to finish this homework before my pen runs out of ink!

  16. I wouldn’t have all these problems if Episiarch hadn’t abandoned me for the Pacific Time Zone.

    He said “East Coast forever!” But I guess forever doesn’t mean the same thing to him.

  17. He abandoned the East Coast and had the audacity to go on and on about how New York Pizza is the Alpha and the Omega of Pizza?

    What a traitor. I’m here for you, SugarFree…let me hold you.

  18. SugarFree,

    Isn’t your whole generation why we have all of these problems?

  19. No, it’s just SugarFree.

  20. Does Penn ever post here?

    I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think so. I remember him saying in one of his internet shorts that he hates seeing his own name and words on comment sections.

    FWIW…

  21. I’m here for you, SugarFree…let me hold you.

    It’s been tough and I can’t suffer in silence any longer. He’s abandoned all of us that participate in the HnR Morning Show, decamped for the afternoon Access Hollywood version.

  22. Isn’t your whole generation why we have all of these problems?

    I’m only 38. I’m a solid Gen X’er. I dodn’t cause problems, I only complain about them without offering any solutions.

  23. 38? Oh man, I think that means you get some HTML “get out of jail free” cards…I mean, it can be tough to hit “Preview” when you’re on dial-up. 😛

  24. I dodn’t cause problems

    I doubt your parents would agree.

  25. TAO,

    That’s not as bad as Epi not being able to figure out how I was posting when I was out on the back porch of my house. Laptop and wireless, duh. We have wireless in Kentucky, you know.

  26. I doubt your parents would agree.

    If my mom complains, I’ll just kick her out of the house I let her live in rent-free.

  27. Tell your mom that my bed is always open to her, SugarFree.

  28. We have wireless in Kentucky, you know.

    And running waterless too, but you guys don’t brag as much about that one, do you!

  29. How much are cigarettes down there, SugarFree? I think you guys are about to see a big increase in bootleggers.

  30. And running waterless too, but you guys don’t brag as much about that one, do you!

    All y’all need is one of them there MacDonalds and yall’ll have a real, bonafide city, dagnamit!

  31. I think one man should control the internet. Screw national emergencies, too. He should just have the power all the time. Have you seen some of the stuff people post on this here interweb!

    We need to be controlled.

  32. It has been a while, Warty. It would probably sound like a rusty portcullis opening.

    True story: After high school, my dad starting dating a girl I had dated briefly in ninth grade. We had parted amicably and she had moved a few towns over and out of the school system shortly after. We still had a lot of mutual friends, and so it got back to me that they were dating. The next time we were all at a party together, I walked up to her and asked in an innocent voice: “Are you going to be my NEW mommy now?” They didn’t last long after that and Dad went back to stripper girlfriend #9 or #17. (They all looked sort of alike.)

  33. How much are cigarettes down there, SugarFree?

    They are close to the lowest in the non-tribal nation. But our liquor tax is the second-highest since April 1st.

    I’ve taken a carton or two to my NYC friends in the past. I’m sure the TSA will put a stop to that sometime soon.

  34. It also grants the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.”

    without regard to any provision of law

    WTF? So John Yoo is a consultant for the Presidential Suit, now?

    *whispers*

    suckers!

  35. It also grants the Secretary of Commerce “access to all relevant data concerning [critical] networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access.”

    Why even bother passing laws anymore?

    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted…

  36. SugarFree,

    Our new sin taxes are to make up for an emergency shortfall so Im sure they will go aw…. no I cant even write it.

  37. robc,

    I know. If we are going to be the laughingstock of the nation we should at least not have to pay a lot for the privilege.

  38. True story: After high school, my dad starting dating a girl I had dated briefly in ninth grade.

    Sister or cousin?

  39. The Bozeman paper had a front page article recently about how all those poor family farmers are going to be driven into the streets (naked, shivering and starving, one expects) if this onerous reduction of agricultural assistance welfare is allowed to happen.

    No mention of the inflationary effects of government money in their cost structure, which make it so tough to turn a profit on a half-million-plus dollars of gross income.

  40. As a christian egalitarian marxcist socialist envious passive aggressive, I find this whole mess to be very, very invigorating. Exhilirating in a nearly orgasmic fashion.

  41. Neither, Warty. If I had a sister or a cousin, I’d have been married long before ninth grade. You sure do have a lot of educatin’ you need to get done.

  42. Sister or cousin?

    That depends if Sugerfree lives in Bullet county or not.

  43. You mean Bullitt County? Sheesh, at least get your insults right.

  44. Bullitt County (unless there was a bullet joke that wooshed over me head).

    Bullitt is urban practically (its in the Louisville MSA after all), there are plenty of counties to choose from that would be much more accurate.

  45. I probably just missed the announcement, but I’m sure Nancy Pelosi and her co-workers have offered free entry to any and all displaced Iraqis.

    Because that would be the right thing to do. And they always do the right thing.

  46. I bet they marry lots of cousins in whatever shithole holler Tim Couch is from. Goddamn, that place sucks. Fucking Tim Couchville. Asshole hillbilly fucks, always sucking at football.

  47. Way to start my week off right, Jesse. I keep joking about buying guns and ammo, but every passing day makes me more paranoid and angry. I either need to drink more or start work on my fortified bunker complex.

  48. The cyber-security bill doesn’t just give the Prez an off switch for the entire internet (see, also, burning the village in order to save it).

    It gives him all kinds of new warrantless wiretap powers.

    Change you can believe in!

    Is there anything left of the Obamatarian project? Anything at all?

  49. The cig tax hike finally convinced hubby to quit (again). Hope it sticks this time, because we can’t afford to support both his beer habit AND his smoking habit.

    And I enjoy the ol’ Sam Adams enough that I’m not willing to give him up.

    The cigs have to go.

    This morning’s Morning Links are full of WTF today. Sheeyit.

  50. Yeah, I meant Bullitt. My son just moved back to Maryland from Louisville. I only wrote Bullitt because Louisville surprised this east coaster at not fitting the stereotype I had of KY. The stereotype was closer to reality once I headed into Bullitt County not that is a bad thing or anything – just a lot more double-wides and flea markets. The reason I was going into Bullitt County was that there was a good trap and skeet range down there, so I guess I don’t fit the stereotype of a Marylander.

  51. MayorOmalleySuxs,

    You really want to see where the stereotypes* come from, I can take you to see tarpaper shacks with satellite dishes epoxied to the roof. Lexington and Louisville are fairly civilized, but the rest of the state can be dicey.

    *When a stereotype is true, is it still a stereotype? Isn’t a true stereotype just an accurate description that someone objects too?

  52. I suppose that I should take this opportunity as a loyal Louisvillean (by marriage) to say, GO CARDS!

  53. Hey, who won the Kindle 2s?

  54. Cops break up a pillow fight.

    Detroit police spokesman James Tate says cleanup was the issue.

    The Men’s NCAA basketball championship game, scheduled to be contested this evening at Ford Field in downtown Detroit has been cancelled.

    Noting the mess left behind by college hoops fans after Saturday’s semi-final games, Detroit police spokesman James Tate says cleanup was the issue.

  55. MayorOmalleySuxs,

    You need to get to the counties away from the interstate to truly appreciate how much of KY resembles the stereotypes.

    On an odd note, my parents (who live a short hop from Bullitt Co – but grew up in those non-interstate counties I referenced above) are currently in Maryland visiting my sister.

  56. After high school, my dad starting dating a girl I had dated briefly in ninth grade. We had parted amicably and she had moved a few towns over and out of the school system shortly after.

    Bill S. Preston, Esquire! Hello, Missy…I mean, mom.

  57. Next time the White House decides a company needs to be reorganized — or subsidized — these guys might have some advice.

    The article is obviously a lie. The Chosen One has sealed the government corprorate insider revolving door.

    Change!

  58. For a while I thought Kentucky was making some progress rehabilitating it’s image. That we could be seen as a kind of big “small town” place and not just a bunch of backwater hicks.

    Then someone had to go and build that fucking Creationist Museum down the road. Way to move into the 21st century Kentucky.

    It’s a good thing I respect property rights otherwise I would do a drive by firebombing on that thing once a week.

  59. Pain,

    You still have the Colonel Sanders museum. Don’t be sad.

  60. Pain, I feel your pain.

  61. Kentucky: Making Oklahoma look good since 1907!

  62. As someone who grew up in eastern KY and moved to Louisville as soon as they hit the age of majority, I can tell you that Bullitt doesn’t really hold a candle to some of the shit I saw growing up.

    It’s not everywhere that things like the police getting into a shootout with an old blind man happen on a regular basis. Though, as a testament to eastern KY police, the blind guy held his own for a while.

  63. Kentucky is a great place to take a driving vacation. Beautiful scenery, great land features, good twisty roads, and spectacular farms around Lexington. Sure, there’s some blight and poverty and ignorance — but you can just motor on by!

    Plus, Big Bone Lick is in KY, and who doesn’t like the KY jelly?

    Stop the hatin’.

  64. None of these stories are as creepy as the one about the EU’s requirement for ISPs to archive every email and the browsing history of every PC for 12 months. Apparently the UK is enthusiastically enforcing the plan, while Switzerland is basically ignoring it.

    http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/136610

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