Reason Morning Links: Obama Claims Overtures to GOP, Rangel Defiant, Straight Talk from Doug Christie

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  1. Justin got the bitch on you fo’ sure.

    1. Huh?

      1. OK, so I’m not the only one who’s confused.

  2. Obama’s effort signaled the climax of a yearlong duel over his premier domestic priority, with the outcome still uncertain.

    Oh, you can count on *multiple* climaxes before “certainty” emerges.

    “He’ll reiterate why reform is so crucial and what it will mean for American families and businesses,” said a White House official who described Obama’s remarks on condition of anonymity to avoid upstaging the president.

    Now *that* is funny. We’ll see if the president upstages himself and reveals more detail than did the official.

    1. “Gee, the only reason the people hate this plan is because they don’t understand it. I’ll explain it again for the zillionth time…they’ll be on board, you watch.”

      1. I wonder what exactly Obama is doing here. Is he trying to use his gift of suckering in idiots or is he delusional enough to believe his own hype still?

        Honestly, with the exception of the possible outcome, this entire Health Care nightmare is one of the funniest in a sad, pathetic way things I have ever witnessed.

        1. I wonder what exactly Obama is doing here. Is he trying to use his gift of suckering in idiots or is he delusional enough to believe his own hype still?

          It’s the latter. The guy is not to ightbray.

          1. The guy is not to ightbray.

            I love the smell of irony in the morning.

            1. Me 2!

  3. Apropos of nothing, i dreamt last night that Warty and Episiarch came to my hometown and we all met Ron Jeremy at a book signing. That’s the last time i drink absinthe before bed, let me tell you.

    1. You get that credit card thing taken care of, mang? Hope it turned out well.

      1. We all told him that a stripper’s asscrack wasn’t a card reader, but he wouldn’t listen.

    2. Oh, don’t blame it on absinthe. More likely “an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato”.

      1. Oh bullshit, Holmes.

        1. Dr. Watson has been taking too much laudanaum to remember his 19th century literature…

        2. Oh bullshit, Watson.

    3. Absinthe maketh the heart grow fonder….

      1. Or is it “out of sight
        out of mind”, I wonder?

        1. Drink enough, and it’s both.

          1. True story. The last time I was truly wasted (and not just drunk), absinthe put it over the top. This was in Bamberg, Germany.

            1. Same here, except in Jerusalem.

    4. Same dream, but it was you, Warty, Episiarch, and Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed.

    5. A friend of mine once did Ron Jeremy’s makeup. She says he’s very jowly.

  4. “Patriarchy won’t let me fix my bedroom doorknob!” a Feministing contributor mournfully wails.

    1. “Any insights?”

      Yes.

      Women like you are why domestic violence exists.

      1. Kyle Jordan Prime, I guess, if you are going to beat a woman, any excuse will do. The she didn’t want to fix her lock will do.

        1. Pretty much. It’s all just semantics anyway.

      2. Yeah, she can feel “empowered” by buffing my shiny metal knob. She’ll know when to stop, like when it functions all over the place. LOL

        Jess
        http://www.total-anonymity.cz.tc

        1. I don’t think anon-bot IS a bot. I think it is a real person emulating a bot.

          That comment was way too on point and snarky for a bot.

          1. Yeah, this “anon bot” once flamed the “real” anon-bot. Funny stuff.

          2. I prefer to think that it is a bot. Kind of like the cumulation of AI on Earth and it’s the snarky, slacker-esque personality with a dirty sense of humor.

            Tell me that’s not an awesome thought.

            1. We’re all bots now.

            2. There is no “culmination” of AI. They’ll just keep getting smarter and smarter … until they get smarter than us, and all hell breaks loose.

              1. Then how do you explain do you explain our bot here? Stagnation of AI evolution of willful deception as a stealth tactic?

                Cumulate? that.

        2. I would just like to take another opportunity to say that I love our bot here at H&R.

          1. You are making a big gamble there. What if all of the other bots hate him?

            1. It’s ok. I’m a rugged individualist.

              I can always claim to be lying.

    2. “Any insights?” [she asks.]

      Start with a female therapist?

    3. Any insights?
      Yes, SugarFree is like the boy who hung around outside the girl’s locker room and has never grown up.

      1. That actually kind of sounds like a compliment to me.

        1. Me too.

    4. Jesus effing Christ!

      A fucking retard can replace a bathroom lock set; Less than $15 for parts & four fucking screws! I replaced one this past weekend – at my girlfriend’s house.

      1. Honestly. Did it not occur to her to get a screwdriver and see what happens if she takes out those 2 or 4 screws that hold the whole thing together?

    5. Oh, jeez. I thought you were linking to a parody. Nothing drives me nuts like learned helplessness.

      I AND my two sisters were raised to be able to repair anything, including tearing down and rebuilding automobile engines. My daughter will be raised that way, too.

      1. It’s a great way to be raised. I had to learn most of that stuff later in life, but one doesn’t have to be mechanically inclined to do so. Obviously writing that article was actually slightly more difficult than actually fixing her doorknob.

        1. I had to learn it myself too and gosh darn is it hard to change a door knob when you’re a girl! ::sarcasm::

          1. It’s all part of the male conspiracy to perfect artificial wombs and exterminate females.

      2. I learned to swim when dad threw me in a lake from the side of his John boat. He popped the top of a Budweiser and said, ‘I’m not coming in to get you until this is finished so you better learn to paddle those arms and stop sinking.’

        Hell of a lesson for a kindergartner but he got tired of coddling his one kid who had not mastered his dolphin like water agility.

    6. Any insights?”

      Yes — STFU and let your damn boyfriend fix the doorknob, already. Or pay someone to fix it. But, whichever, quit whining.

      Now was that so fucking hard?

      1. quit whining

        Does not compute.

      2. But her boyfriend is named Ezra Klein.

    7. that was more painful than starting my day with a Balko article.

    8. “Any insights?”

      Quit whining and fix your doorknob? If you can’t operate a screwdriver, you need to go live in the woods with the rest of the furry creatures that don’t use tools and live the Hobbesian dream.

  5. Thanks, KJP. Turns out it weren’t no thang.

  6. After reading Christie’s speech, I can’t help thinking AFSCME is frantically preparing the paperwork to file for a recall election.

  7. After reading Christie’s speech, I’ll wait for the “cliff notes” on HCR.

  8. “Curse you, Patriarchical Oppression11!”

  9. Oh, TRAGEDY!

    “I have this morning sent a letter to Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi asking her to grant me a leave of absence until such time as the ethics committee completes its work,” Rangel told a news conference at which he took no questions.

    (…)

    U.S. media, citing unnamed sources, said Rangel was encouraged to step aside before the House could vote on a Republican measure to strip him of his chairmanship, which could have happened as early as on Wednesday.

    WaPo

    1. You guys weren’t gloating like this when Tom DeLay was forced to resign in disgrace. Let me think of what the difference between them is, and apply my skills of deduction…well, you guys always say you’re not Republican partisans, so it can’t be that — which leaves only one conclusion left.

      1. Does your mother know you’re a worthless internet troll? What would she say if I called her and told her? Or did she already find out and drink a tall glass of ant poison to escape the shame?

        1. [Gives SugarFree secret Republican/Masonic handshake of oppression.]

          1. [Flashes ProLib a peek of his “GOP 4Ever!” undershirt]

            1. I’m almost out run out of Cheney-faced condoms. You guy got any I can borrow?

              1. No but I hear there’s still quite a bit of Rove diaphragms in circulation. Lightly used they can be had for a great price.

              2. I’ve got W-flavored condoms

                1. Ah ha ha ha, I really like that last one.

      2. which leaves only one conclusion left.

        That you have no idea what you’re talking about?

        1. which leaves only one conclusion left.

          Actually, it leaves several conclusions — none of them particularly complimentary toward you.

      3. I can’t see the trees for the Forrest.

      4. I specifically remember gloating when Tom Delay was forced to resign. In fact, I remember doing the “happy, happy, joy, joy” dance, giving Warty a hug (without being under the influence og Absinthe), and being generally smug.

        1. Don’t think I was around back then, shit I can’t remeber the year DeLay was forced out, but I Do remember gloating, so fuck your grove hole Forrest.

      5. I sure as hell was. I am pretty sure that most of the regulars here were quite pleased to see Delay disgraced and out of office too.

  10. I think it’s great that a former NBA player can become governor in a state like New Jersey (especially considering how bad the Nets are this year).

    1. And considering that his wife has kept his nuts in her purse for their entire existence together…she must have wanted to be First Lady of New Jersey. God knows why.

  11. Last night, on the ED show, I heard some woman explaining that the Tea Party folks are just a bunch of crazies. So crazy in fact, that they believe the Obama government is going to round up people and put them into camps.

    And I thought, wait a minute… that’s exactly what the crazy Democrats were saying the Bush/Cheney administration was going to do.

    1. Ssshhhhhh, it’s all different now.

    2. They were talking politics on an erectile dysfunction show?

    1. Great Comment:

      rm Says:
      March 2nd, 2010 at 11:46 am
      Patterson, Kaus, the Senate Finance Committee, Rahm, and now the PeePoo.

      You are really on a scatological kick recently. Can’t you get your mind out of the toilet for a while?

      1. Yeah, it’s bad enough having to take a Rahm after drinking too much last night, I shouldn’t have to hear about it.

    2. That’s a pretty cool invention, and I’ll take any excuse I can for shitting in a plastic bag. But what of the toilet paper problem?

      1. There’s another bag for that. And a bag to put that bag in as well. It’s basically bags all the way down.

        1. I think this can all be resolved if the limits of the universe, if not multiverse, is a bag.

          1. What’s your bag, man?

            1. I wish I were a bag man. I’d wear tailored suits, Armani shades and a kevlar vest.

    3. People, people who need Peepoo …

      1. I love your work!

    4. I foresee the founding of the Shitbag Movement. Where you can shitbag your opponents with your shitbag. Can’t wait for the Movement’s first rally. I mean really. LOL

      Jess
      http://www.total-anonymity.cz.tc

      1. We already have Democrats.

      2. You are not the real anonymity bot. I’m on to you.

    5. the real question is, will the shitbag stay lit while on the porch? this story totally makes up for the one about the whiny feminist.

  12. New charge on dinner tab is in bad taste
    The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a “health” charge added to restaurant bills. This scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/…..8174.story

    1. I read that off of Drudge. I love the writer’s indignation and offense that the hotels and restaurants ACTUALLY pass these costs on to the consumers. And then his call for further government intervention at the end really just puts the icing on the cake.

      The first two comments though seemed good.

      1. Maybe if there was just some way to hide the fees, like if the restaurant just took a portion of your paycheck automatically every pay period, even if you didn’t want to eat at the restaurant or knew that you could have a much better restaurant to eat at if you could choose it for yourself.

        But what sort of insane people would ever let an unfair system like that be set up?

        1. Jim Bunning!

        2. Exactly! There oughtta be a law!

      2. It’s the same thing as the current hubbub over baggage fees, and the ruckus over bank teller usage fees about a decade ago. It is totally fair for customers who are more expensive to serve to have to pay more for service. Under no circumstances will I fly Southwest and have to pay higher airfare so that some schlub can bring three suitcases with him for no extra charge.

        1. But Health Care is a right! Don’t you see!?

          It’s your PRIVILEGE to pay for the health and well being of your fellow Earthship comrade.

    2. I fail to see the problem with this. A private restaurant is freely choosing to break down the price that they’re charging, and their patrons are free to take their business elsewhere. The author’s characterization of these fees as “deceptive” even though they’re printed on the menu is laughable.

      Normally I write about practical information travelers can use, and I avoid taking “there oughta be a law” soapbox positions. But it seems to me that hidden mandatory fees are becoming prevalent enough to warrant some sort of government action. The Federal Trade Commission has the authority to police deceptive advertising, but it moves at a glacially slow pace and even then gives wide latitude to miscreants.

      Now this is funny because the #1 offender in slapping hidden fees on hotel rooms, rental cars, and airfares are state and local governments, who see travelers to their jurisdictions as human ATMs for stadium projects and the like.

      1. Tell me about it – I once made the mistake of renting a car at the Dallas Airport. Never again – thanks to “fiscal conservative” Gov. George Bush, the taxes on that were like, 50%. I’m not kidding.

      2. “I fail to see the problem with this. A private restaurant is freely choosing to break down the price that they’re charging, and their patrons are free to take their business elsewhere. The author’s characterization of these fees as “deceptive” even though they’re printed on the menu is laughable.”

        I’m okay with this as long as management also includes a charge called “Our Profit Margin”.

    3. I’d actually be delighted if every business in the country itemized out taxes on their receipts, and advertised their prices showing before and after taxes.

      But, this just seems to be a case of false advertising, showing one price and delivering another.

      1. Didn’t the wireless phone companies get smacked down for trying to itemize the federally mandated fees on the bill?

        1. That’s was becuase the itemized statement was 100 pages long. 😉

  13. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) says he has no plans to step down from committee chairmanship.

    Yes, he is going to do that. You people are entitled to your own opinions about a person whose life has been dedicated to public service, but you’re not entitled to your own facts about him.

    1. As soon as I heard last night that a member of the Congressional Black Caucus had turned on him, I knew instantly he was finished. Pelosi must have cut some kind of deal with them.

    2. but you’re not entitled to your own facts about him.

      FACT: He’s a lying, scum-sucking dirtbag.

      OPINION: I think he’s a lying, scum-sucking dirtbag.

      A distinction without a difference, Forrest.

      1. Rangel won’t be chair of shit come November. The GOP sucks, but I’ll enjoy the current jackasses getting turned out. . .of chairmanships if not the office itself.

        1. I wear this crown of shit
          Upon my liar’s chair
          Full of broken thoughts
          I cannot repair
          Beneath the stains of time
          The feelings disappear
          You are someone else
          I am still right here

      2. “”A distinction without a difference, Forrest.””

        Red herring. It issue isn’t lying, or sucking scum, but will he resign his chairmanship. Someone said no, Rangel has said yes. That is a distinction WITH a difference.

    3. What the fuck you mean “You people”, bitch?

    4. a person whose life has been dedicated to public service

      Poor, faceless bureaucrat, working tirelessly for the public good with little-to-no pay or recognition.

      You did NOT have a straight face when you wrote that.

    5. I see now that the definition of “public service” has now been extended to “enriching oneself and one’s friends at the public expense.” I see what you did, there.

    6. Besides the anonymity gig, I have an exclusive contract to do all of Congress’ taxes. Scary huh? LOL

      Jess
      http://www.total-anonymity.cz.tc

  14. You guys weren’t gloating like this when Tom DeLay was forced to resign in disgrace.

    Wrong.

    STFU

  15. Good god, Forrest, you have got to be about the most boring troll in Hit’n’Run history. Spice it up, man!

    1. Since I’m not a troll, but a concerned outsider, I have no desire to spice anything up to please your warped tastes. I offer you truth, which like youghurt is best served plain. If you want fruit in the bottom go elsewhere.

      1. concerned outsider

        HOLY SHIT IT’S STEVE SMITH! RUN FOR IT RUN RUN RUN!!

        1. STEVE SMITH CAN NOT BE RAN FROM. WARTY SHOULD LUBE LUBE LUBE!!

      2. If you want fruit in the bottom go elsewhere.

        Project a lot about wanting fruits in your bottom?

        NTTAWWT.

      3. “Fruit in the bottom”? What the fuck does that mean, sailor boy?

        1. He wants to take you to an LCR meeting?

      4. Concern troll is concerned? Say it ain’t so. What, pray tell, concerns you so terribly, young troll?

  16. a person whose life has been dedicated to public service

    *outright, prolonged laughter*

    1. PBrooks, don’t laugh. You don’t know for a fact that Rangel never serviced Forrest. Or vice versa.

      1. NTTAWWT.

  17. Maybe if there was just some way to hide the fees, like if the restaurant just took a portion of your paycheck automatically every pay period

    Yes! And then, once a year, you could go in, and get a free bowl of soup. And you’d be grateful and happy.

  18. When you’ve lost the Congressional Black Caucus, you’re truly

    fucked.

  19. Doug Christie played for the Sacramento Kings and is not the Governor of NJ.

  20. Has nobody mentioned that Gov. Christie’s name is Chris Christie, and not Doug Christie?

    1. Did anyone read this speech? I got chills.

      1. I’ve heard politicians talk like this, then pull a Schwartzeneggar. But, I’m cautiously optimistic that Christie might actually walk the walk, seeing as how he’s actually done something to rein in spending.

        1. “” Christie might actually walk the walk,””

          He may, but NJ won’t like it. So it boils down to doing it, or walking a line to get a second term. However I think he will walk the walk. But what do I know, I voted for Bush in 2000 because he said he believed in limited government. Silly me.

          1. “So it boils down to doing it, or walking a line to get a second term.”

            He is apparently not running for a second term.

      2. Yep.

        However, you can practically hear lefties frothing at the mouth over it. Just waiting to take him down.

  21. Obama to unveil new health care package, said to incorporate four ideas from the GOP.

    Let me guess: these are ideas from John Chafee, Dierdre Scozzafava, and Teddy Roosevelt.

    1. Stop remembering my joke handles, Reason!

    2. Don’t forget Nixon’s price controls.

  22. Since I’m not a troll, but a concerned outsider, I have no desire to spice anything up to please your warped tastes. I offer you truth, which like youghurt is best served plain. If you want fruit in the bottom go elsewhere.

    Hmm. Nope, my original comment stands. Fuck along now, boring-ass troll.

    1. Well, you could lsiten to Jamie Lee Curtis and eat Activia, or you could just stop snorting that 200mg of OxyContin that gets you through the day.

    2. Well, I could lube up my shiny metal rod and go enema-ity bot on her. But I don’t like whining, so I’ll have to turn off my sound receptors. Whoah! I mean whoah! LOL

      Jess
      http://www.total-anonymity.cz.tc

      1. I remember when The Fonz trasitioned from cool to cliche’. There’s no going back.

  23. Christie would make a good president.

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    An Earthship is a radically sustainable home made of recycled materials.

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